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Has anyone tried vacuum-packed raw cultured veggies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Somehow stumbled across these:

Tasty, crisp in texture and colorful, Caldwell's organic raw cultured vegetables can be eaten straight out of the package, or with a touch of olive oil, or as a salad; they can also be tossed into your regular salads. They are unpeeled and unpasteurized, and therefore contain not only the fibers, minerals, vitamins and trace-elements found in freshly-harvested vegetables, but also enzymes, lactic bacteria and lactic acid, which are all important for your health. Caldwell's cultured vegetables are sold in convenient BPA-free vacuum packs, and can be stored chilled or frozen. The presence of lactic acid ensures that all the original color, flavor, crunchy texture, and numerous health benefits are retained during freezing and thawing.

Have you tried 'em? If so, how are they?

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:10 PM

Hey Patrik - if you try them can you update as to how they are - many thanks!

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on July 25, 2011
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Sounds interesting. Can you give some more details on technique? I am a bit concerned though about the plastic in contact with fermented veg.

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Oh, come on - when you down vote, leave a note on why. Then we can all learn.

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on July 25, 2011
at 02:16 PM

i have not tried that particular brand, but my local chain grocery carries Lewis Mountain Kraut packaged in BPA-free plastic pouches. raw, no preservatives, unpasteurized. TWO DOLLARS. yes, thats right. TWO BUCKS. its almost cheaper for me to buy it than it is for me to make it. ill take some pics of the package and figure out how to host and post

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:48 AM

At $45 for 6 bags at only 7 oz each, I'll probably never try them. It is pretty easy to make your own fermented veg (numerous recipes - just google), or if you want to try something different, try making these Japanese fermented veg http://noteatingoutinny.com/2011/01/21/carrot-cucumber-and-radish-oshinko/ Disclaimer- I haven't used this recipe, but love the pickles I've had in restaurants. Also you can get kimchi very cheaply and if you're near an Asian or Korean grocery they will likely have more types than cabbage - radish is quite common, and I've seen carrot and many other veg.

Edit: Sorry that this doesn't actually answer your specific question, but at that price, I wanted you to know of alternatives. If you want to seriously invest in ferment pickles/pickling, here is a great crock - non plastic and easy http://www.canningpantry.com/sauerkraut-crocks.html

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on July 25, 2011
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Oh, come on - when you down vote, leave a note on why. Then we can all learn.

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on July 25, 2011
at 11:13 AM

We do this all the time with our hard veggies out of the garden and with the ones we buy at the farmers market using one of those seal a meal things. It works well and if you don't put the lactic acid (or other preservative) they turn brown or lose their color fast - although they still taste good.

Vacuum packing removes the oxygen (duh) and keeps the veggies fresher longer.

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on July 25, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Sounds interesting. Can you give some more details on technique? I am a bit concerned though about the plastic in contact with fermented veg.

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:40 AM

I haven't tried them but it's a shame they're only available by the case. That's quite a commitment when purchasing!

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