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Re-fermenting sauerkraut?

Commented on August 30, 2013
Created June 06, 2013 at 5:35 PM

If I bought a jar of sauerkraut, but it was under-fermented, I mean barely sour, does it make sense to leave it out of the fridge for a while to continue its fermenting? It wasn't pasteurized.

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on August 30, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Yep, you generally end up with slop (mushy veggies but no more "tang") if you do that.

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on July 04, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Hmmm. I kept it out of the fridge for a few days. It just got bleh. It didn't keep fermenting. In my experience keeping it in the fridge it doesn't get much more fermented either. It seems to want to be fermented all in one go.

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on June 07, 2013
at 02:51 PM

Who linked my "pasteurized"? Wasn't me...

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:28 PM

I haven't tried it myself but I imagine it should work. My current sauerkraut is taking 'forever' (for summer) because it's in a cool area, climate controlled. It seems to me the process just slows when cooler, so being refrigerated was slowed down, taking out should speed up.

That said, be very careful that the kraut is submerged again. It will spoil as it has been exposed to oxygen. It may spoil anyway, since it got oxygen, but I can see the argument that leaving it out long enough will kill that off. It's a fantastic experiment! Do report back!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 04, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Hmmm. I kept it out of the fridge for a few days. It just got bleh. It didn't keep fermenting. In my experience keeping it in the fridge it doesn't get much more fermented either. It seems to want to be fermented all in one go.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on August 30, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Yep, you generally end up with slop (mushy veggies but no more "tang") if you do that.

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:22 PM

in my experience, if you open the lid, reclose it and just stick it back in the fridge, it will keep fermenting anyway. i buy kimchi in these massive glass jars, and by the time i'm getting towards the end of a jar, the funk hath come forward.

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