These Chips Taste Like Pickles, but They're Actually Made From Sauerkraut
Why save all the sauerkraut for pressing inside reuben sandwiches or topping hot dogs? Farmhouse Culture believes it's time for fermented foods to take centerstage, and we fully approve of their innovative results. Especially when they come in pickle-flavored form.
As we learn more about the importance of gut health and overall wellness, fermentation is having a major moment. Sauerkraut is one of the most frequently consumed fermented items—along with kimchi, kefir, kombucha, yogurt and miso—and it's jam-packed with probiotics. These beneficial "bugs" promote better gut health, which has been correlated to better immunity, easier digestion and other wellness wins.
Beyond that, they're often downright delicious. Which is the real reason we're obsessed with Farmhouse Culture's new Krunchy Kraut Krisps, that somehow feature a cup of sauerkraut baked into each 11-ounce bag of their Dill Pickle Kraut Krisps. (Buy it: $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag, amazon.com)
Since cooking can destroy probiotic cultures, the sauerkraut boost “is for flavor all the way. It’s how we get that super-bold taste,” explains Brian Evangelista, vice president of marketing for Farmhouse Culture. “Kraut is the #1 ingredient until we cook it down during the chip-making process.”
Starting with a masa-based chip, they take cabbage, ferment it into sauerkraut, then bake that into gluten-free chips that also contain sunflower oil, brown rice flour, garlic, dill, onion and a few other seasonings. Available at select Whole Foods Market and on Amazon, these Krunchy Kraut Krisps come in Sea Salt and Chili Lime varieties, too.
"The sea salt is where our true fermentation friends will catch the strongest kraut flavor," Evangelista says.
Just like peanut butter and jelly are both good on bread alone, yet are even tastier when the combine forces, the tang of pickles and kraut make a dynamic duo in the Dill Pickle Kraut Krisps.
Each serving has 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein and 190 milligrams of sodium, which is about on par with the nutrition facts in Doritos and standard Lay's Potato Chips—but with added flavor-boosting ingredients.
While this won't count toward your five-a-day veggie serving, it will cure a couple cravings at once—no corned beef or processed hot dog meat required. (Looking for a lower-carb pickle snack? Keep your eyes peeled for these vacuum-fried Vlasic chips.)