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Any fellow sauerkrauters here?

Discussion in 'Gardening On Your Homestead' started by CrealCritter, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Dec 2, 2017
    CrealCritter

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    I forgot to post updates... No not canned yet it's gotta run about 8 to 9 weeks but I did snap a pic of the first skim and taste test :) it's still sweet and salty. When it's done it's sour with just a hint of salt.

    First skim - it's looking great so far
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    Here's what I got out of the first skim (what was floating on top of the dinner plate) there was no scum at all. And yep you betcha I eat some.
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    CrealCritter

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    Remember this is a natural ferment its not going to be white. The kraut from the store is whitened. I did research several years ago - I can't recall the chemical name of the ingredient added to store bought kraut. But when I dug into it, It was a preservative that had a bleaching or whitening effect.
     
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    My experience with kraut is store bought :sick @Devonviolet ferments foods and she gave me a jar of her sauerkraut, it was fabulous! So learning from her and you, I'm going to try this! It really takes 9 weeks?
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Yes at least 9 weeks this time of the year. Spring is a little shorter though. There is really no comparison to store bought.
     
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    Little over 5 weeks now. This batch is running great. It might be ready in a few weeks. Still a little salty and needs more sour. The brine has cleared up nicely though, it just needs more time to mellow out now.

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    The best part is sneaking a little for a taste test.
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    It looks good!
     
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    Nice thread. I think in going to try it
     
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    Yep... go for it! The rewards far exceed the waiting. I must confess I had a bowl of just plain 2015 homemade sauerkraut last night as a snack. It's like candy to me.

    $4 5 gallon food grade bucket ---> https://www.menards.com/main/mainte...n-food-safe-pail/0-307-05/p-1444426310665.htm

    Screw lid for 5 gallon bucket $7 ---> https://www.menards.com/main/housew...ts/the-gamma-seal-reg-lid/p-1444430890048.htm

    Both Made in USA!
     
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    $2.75 quart store bought sauerkraut (with 4.3 star rating) Ingredients: Cabbage, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Sodium Metabisulfite (preservative), Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80. <--- city folk just don't know what's good, do they?

    Link ---> https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vlasic-Old-Fashioned-Sauerkraut-32-fl-oz/10308963

    The sauerkraut I'm making has 3 ingredients. Cabbage, water, salt and I can actually pronounce all of those ingredients -:lol
     
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