National Kraut and Frankfurter Week
Frankfurters and sauerkraut have been considered a comforting German dish. Many people don’t realize the importance of this combination throughout their lives.
These delicious foods are enjoyed by people all over the globe. During National Kraut and Frankfurter Weeks, they are celebrated and discussed.
Sauerkraut is a German invention. It was made from shredded cabbage fermented with rice wine, even though many believe it to have been invented in Germany. It is believed that Genghis Kahn brought it over to Europe a thousand years later.
This dish was then adopted by the Dutch and Germans to combat scurvy. Frankfurter, a meat sausage made mostly with pork, has existed since the middle of the ages. It was named after Frankfurt, Germany.
These sausages were first served at the Imperial coronation ceremonies at Romerberg. Pennsylvania Dutch and German settlers quickly introduced sauerkraut as well as frankfurters to the United States in the 1800s.
According to legend, Sauerkraut was renamed Liberty Cabbage during WWII because of concerns about its German name. Today, sauerkraut and frankfurters are part of American food.
In the early 1900s, there were hot-dog stands selling sausages in sandwiches on Coney Island, New York. This contributed to the association with picnics, barbeques and other athletic events.
National Kraut and Frankfurter Week are celebrations of the history and delicious combinations of these two foods in an effort to show that cultures can create tasty dishes for all.
Enjoy a barbecue or picnic on your backyard and some hotdogs with sauerkraut. Make your own sauerkraut and frankfurters using online recipes. Or, head to your local grocery shop and buy your favorite brand.
For a more authentic experience, visit your local Amish community to sample authentic German food. You can try Nathan’s hotdogs if you are a New Yorker.
Share this holiday on social media using the hashtag #NationalFrankfurterAndKrautWeek and #FrankfurterAndKrautWeek to let your friends and family know it’s a great time to eat delicious food and have a good time.