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I use a contraption called a picklemeister, the small sized one, you can find it online. I gave up on shredding my own cabbage. Trader Joes has 10 oz packs of shredded green cabbage which work great. I can fit 6 10 oz packs into my small size picklemeister. In between layers I'll toss in a total of 1.5 TBSP of Juniper Berries and 1.5 TBSP of Caraway Seeds. I sprinkle in sea salt but don't really measure that, just go by feel.
You do need to grind it down pretty well, I use the flat, round bottom of a small bottle and a meat tenderizer that looks like a two sided hammer although they do make these kraut mashers that look like small bowling pins. Generally it takes about 25 minutes total to mash down the cabbage but I always get plenty of juice going so that I don't have to add extra water. About 2 weeks later, I have enough kraut to last me about 2 weeks then I start making another batch so I always have some.