It's very interesting, there are different defenitions of this word in different variants of English.
In British English a sauerkraut is the "cabbage which has been cut into small pieces and preserved in vinegar".
In American English a sauerkraut is the "cabbage (= large, leafy vegetable) that has been cut into small pieces and preserved in its own salted juice".
My family always makes the sauerkraut by preserving the one with a grated carrot in its own salted juice in the small cask.The heavy load (stone) is put on top. This small cask is put into an warm place for about 5 days and then it is put into cold place.
Sauerkraut soup is a very popular and favourite food in Russia. We cook it with some potatoes,onion and tomato paste or tomatoes.Sauerkraut soup is served up with mayo or sour cream.
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A sauerkraut may be the simplest way to save this healthy vegetable.Russians and also people from other countries lay it in.In the time of the boiling in a cabbage almost a half of the vitamin such as B9 is going to ruin.In addition,a sauerkraut has a lot of vitamin C, much more than in a cabbage.