Yay, MaryB. Those look great!
My most recent batch of kraut became kraut dogs, kraut and ribs, and (my favorite) Transylvanian Goulash. I let mine ferment about 4 weeks, though, before refrigerating.
The thought of a good Ruben has my mouth watering!!!
It does in Boston! But everywhere else it is often just the butt of the joke about a cake that pretends to be a pie.
Now I'm hungry for one... The essence of my childhood; the nectar of the gods; the cake of kakes and the pie of pi!!!!!
Time is just an estimate, but it really depends on too many factors to be taken literally. Power tools and copper bowls tend to make egg white whipping go faster. As you have done, judge based on the product rather than worry the time it took. If you continue too long you will over-whip the whites and get a bad result.
I can relate to that scenario! I make the stew and pot it without a bottom crust. Then make the pastry but refrigerate it unrolled. On the day of eating, I roll the pastry while the oven is heating and the pot of stew is coming to room temp, then top, wash, and bake. I've been known to "cheat" with store puff also. A top-crust pot pie isn't totally satisfying but quicker and easier on those nights where time is of the essence