I used freshbwhole kielbasa and boiled for about 5 minutes and scooped off the fat. Left them in the bottom of the large pot... did not cut them... left them whole. I used apple cider vinegar to replace acid that would have been kraut. Using cabbage made for a crunchier experience.... and better leftovers. So, after adding the chicken broth, carrots, celery seed instead of celery, bigger chunks of vedalia onions, and onion powder, garlic powder, roasted dried garlic slices, and cooking on medium for an hour... little spoon of sugar and dill weed spice.... the results were sweet, meaty and abundantly tasty.