Does Sauerkraut Bring Good Luck? | Junk Food Blog

23 December, 2007

Does Sauerkraut Bring Good Luck?

sauerkrautThe Great Lakes Kraut Company of Shortsville, NY, issued a press release today reminding everyone of a "long-held Pennsylvania Dutch tradition" of eating sauerkraut on New Year's Day to bring good luck for the rest of the new year.

I've never heard of such "tradition", though I'm not Pennsylvania Dutch. But I do like sauerkraut though...

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, sauerkrautnews.com," added Downs.

The company also mentions recent studies showing that chemical compounds in sauerkraut and cruciferous vegetables offer the body improved cancer-fighting abilities.

So does this mean sauerkraut is a health food? Sauerkraut also contains a lot of sodium, so would that make it a junk food? Or, is it somewhere in between?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

In Texas one HAS to eat black eyed peas for good luck for the New Year, just depends what part of the country you're in ;-)

eko

monica said...

I bought that very same can of kraut today at publix in woodstock ga and they had signs up about the luck factor. I just want to make Reuben's over the holidays with the leftover ham. i guess that takes care of the pork requirement!

Cybele on 12/23/2007 07:51:00 PM said...

I grew up eating sauerkraut & pork for new years.

Usually it was pork chops, but sometimes some sort of brat.

No, sauerkraut isn't junk food. It's just really sour vegetables.

Anonymous said...

My mother always made sauerkraut and country style spareribs for New Year's dinner usually with mashed potatoes. We loved it and I made it for my family through the years. My children love it. One asks me to make for his family when I visit. On New Year's Day I have to make it along side black- eyed peas which bring good luck to those in the south. It's great to know now that sauerkraut has been adding it's benefit to those black-eyed peas.

No it's not a junk food. It's got fiber.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Lancaster County, PA, Pennsylvania Dutch country and am familiar with this tradition and have it nearly every New Year's Day. In fact, one year I talked my college roommate, who, being Jewish, typically did not eat pork, into joining me in the meal for good luck in the New Year. We both made a wish to meet someone special and both ended up meeting our future husbands that year.

margie said...

The black eyed peas tradition is for the whole south ... if you don't eat some, you are in trouble! Of course real Southerners put ham in there.

bonni on 12/31/2008 11:58:00 PM said...

I just Googled about this tradition and found your blog (I think I'll subscribe, looks great!)

My grandmother always said it was good luck to eat saurkraut on New Year's Day. Nobody else I'd mentioned this to had ever heard of it. Interesting to see it's a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, as she was from Ohio but my grandfather's family had a strong Pennsylvania Dutch background. She must have picked up the tradition from him (unfortunately, he died long before I was born, so I didn't know him at all).

Anyway, I was glad to find this post, even if it is a year late. :)

Anonymous said...

Growing up in PA the tradition still stands, faithfully we eat pork and saurkraut on New Years Eve and New Years Day along with mashed potatoes and of course my favorite hot dogs. Nothing beats a hot dog that has been baking in saurkraut juice for a few hours. Here's a tip for those who don't like the sourness, try adding a handful or two of brown sugar.

Anonymous said...

I grew up, and still live, in Southern Ohio. Everyone I know follows the sauerkraut tradition on New Year's Day, probably because of the high percentage of German heritage in this area. (Pennsylvania Dutch are actually of German descent.) An additional part of the tradition is that one should eat something sweet with the meal to balance the sour taste of the sauerkraut.

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