Need some help on canning sauerktraut. Please see questions below
1.) when making sauerkraut I want to add hot peppers. do i do this during fermentation or after when adding to jars.
2.) I have quart jars. when doing a hot water bath do i need the water boiling before I add jars or put jars in cold, wait until it comes to a boil then time it.
3.) I want to pack the jars cold then give a hot water bath. for a quart jar is the boiling time 25 minutes. I want my sauerkraut crisp
4.) what is the salt to cabbage ratio.