Research Supports New Year's Sauerkraut Tradition

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Sauerkraut eaten on New Year's Day provides good luck in 2008.

The tremendous media coverage about the health benefits of Sauerkraut has people talking

A recent surge in media buzz surrounding Sauerkraut has caused the largest Sauerkraut producer in the world to brace itself for an incredible new year.

The Great Lakes Kraut Company -- the maker of America's leading brands of Sauerkraut, Krrrrisp Kraut® and Silver Floss® -- says consumer interest in Sauerkraut is at an all-time high because of scientific studies like those done by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico that show that chemical compounds in Sauerkraut and cruciferous vegetables offer the body improved cancer-fighting abilities.

"The tremendous media coverage about the health benefits of Sauerkraut has people talking," said Ryan Downs, the co-owner of the family-owned Great Lakes Kraut. "Given the hype, our company is doing everything possible to make sure consumers have plenty of Sauerkraut to bring good luck this New Year's holiday."

Eating Sauerkraut on New Year's Day is a long-held Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that's believed to bring good luck throughout the upcoming year. The traditional meal usually also includes pork to represent rooting into the New Year. "This year we're ready. We've produced more than 130,000 tons of Sauerkraut to meet the demand. And we provide Sauerkraut connoisseurs plenty of ideas for preparing Sauerkraut recipes at our web site,," added Downs.

Silver Floss and Krrrrisp Kraut Sauerkraut, winners of the ChefsBestā„¢ Award as America's best-tasting Sauerkraut, are manufactured by the world's largest Sauerkraut producer, Great Lakes Kraut Co. LLC, Bear Creek, Wis. With processing facilities in Bear Creek and Shortsville, N.Y. -- the best cabbage-growing regions in the world -- the company combines modern technology and four generations of Sauerkraut-making expertise to produce the country's leading brands. Silver Floss canned and jarred Sauerkraut is found in the canned vegetable section of grocery stores in the East, South, and Midwest. Krrrrisp Kraut refrigerated Sauerkraut is located in the meat department at grocery stores nationwide. For more information about Great Lakes Kraut and its award-winning brands, visit

Pork Chops with Apples & Kraut

  •     4 1-inch thick pork chops
  •     2 apples
  •     1/4 cup raisins
  •     1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  •     1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  •     1/4 tsp nutmeg
  •     1 bag (32 oz.) drained Silver Floss® or Krrrrisp Kraut® sauerkraut

Preheat oven to 350° F. In skillet, brown chops on both sides for 15 minutes or until brown. Peel, core and coarsely chop apples. Place in 9 x 13 inch greased baking pan. In medium bowl, combine apples, raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, nutmeg, and sauerkraut. Mix well. Divide mixture evenly and mound on pork chops. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour or until fork tender.
Servings: 4


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