When my 3-year-old walked through the kitchen, she didn't even look up. "Nope, yucky," she said.

Making sauerkraut is so easy a 3-year-old could do it. But when my 3-year-old walked through the kitchen, she didn't even look up. "Nope, yucky," she said.

"Come on, it'll be a blast," I replied. Her older sister looked at me in way that said she and I have different views on what is a blast.

"It's like a magic trick," I said. "You put in cabbage, and it turns into sauerkraut."

"Poor cabbage," she replied.

My wife was out for a while, and I planned a fun project for my daughters and me: Making sauerkraut. But they wanted no part.

"We get to cut stuff up with a big knife and season it with salt," I said. "And it won't take too long."

They shook their heads. It seemed even if they wanted to help, which they didn't, it would be impossible because the floor had just become lava. As they stood on the couch, I confronted them.

"What is it you don't like about sauerkraut?" I asked my 3-year-old.

"You see, it's just that it's so yucky," she said plainly. "It's just too yucky for me."

I looked to my oldest, who just shook her head. "Smells like feet," she said.

My wife and I eat a good amount of sauerkraut; enough to honor our German heritage. It's good for you, too, improving digestion and boosting your immune system.

In October, we saw it being made by a couple at Anthony Petitti Garden Center in Nimishillen Township. We talked with them for a minute, and I picked their brain about the process. Turns out, it's pretty simple. It just takes time.

I declared I would master sauerkraut. I'm always up for a challenge, especially one that isn't too challenging. "And the girls will love making it with me," I said.

The fun part was finding a fermenting crock. Now, the internet said I could make it in just about any type of container, but finding the perfect one was part of the fun. I wanted a cool looking crock that was crafted by craftsman, not some run-of-the-mill container.

The best place to go for this sort of thing is Lehman's in Kidron. It's sort of like Amish Walmart. They have millions of tools and other things perfect for living the simple life. They had an entire aisle dedicated to fermenting.

We picked a crock from Ohio Stoneware of Zanesville. It looks like the type of pottery that can only be found these days by pickers in a dusty barn.

After the floor was no longer lava and my girls went to bed, I cut up the cabbage. I added salt and a little water. And I put the lid on.

It's a hurry-up-and-wait situation. I don't know if in my youth I would have had the patience to wait five weeks. But, right before Christmas, it'll be ready.

"You have to wait that long?" my daughter asked the next morning.

"Yeah, it's kind of like when you flip through the toy catalog and pick out presents, but then you have to wait for Christmas to come," I said. "Except in this case, instead of getting presents, you get sauerkraut."

"Oh, joy," she replied.

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