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    I was wondering about store-bought sauerkraut and whether it has probiotics or whether the bacteria have all been killed.

    I assume that canned sauerkraut is all pasteurized, but what about jarred and bagged? Are they good to go with all the beneficial bacteria still intact?

    And while we're at it, any good brands you can recommend?

  • #2
    I would say most of the jars you see will be pasteurized. However I have been able to find some really good stuff at my local co-op. If it has live cultures it will say so on the label. It will also be in the refrigerated section. The kind I buy is called "Grateful Harvest Farm" but it may be local only. I live in Oregon.

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    • #3
      Most storebought sauerkraut isn't fermented at all, it's just packaged in vinegar. The only brand I know of that is fermented and isn't pasteurized is the Bubbies brand, you can find it at places like Central Market or Whole Foods in the refrigerated section. It's delicious, I highly recommend it! Their dill pickles are great too, haven't had a chance to try their kim chee yet.

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      • #4
        bubbies also makes a live sauerkraut (as well as lacto-fermented pickles and beet kvass). you will only find the live stuff in the refrigerated section, though not everything that's refrigerated will necessarily be live.
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        • #5
          Thanks everyone. Good enough for me. I'll check the labels, but I wanted an excuse to make my own anyway so it's a win-win.

          Growing cabbage this year. Wooooo.

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          • #6
            Your local natural foods store will carry some good kraut, like Bubbi's.
            This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

            Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
            Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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            • #7
              I recently came home to a whole head of cabbage in a plastic airtight seal that someone bought from the shops. It was in the shop fridge and it's basically pickled cabbage. Ingrediants read water, salt and cabbage. It tasted sour, proper pickled, is it safe to assume this would provide some good bacteria for me?

              This would be great as i can't always make home made sauerkraut, would love to just be able to buy it because i have enough worrying/thinking to do when it comes to food shopping and preparing. Any thoughts? I'm tempted to call the number on the packaging..

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              • #8
                OperaDivaMom: "Most storebought sauerkraut isn't fermented at all, it's just packaged in vinegar."
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                Not at all true. Even the most inexpensive brands found on ordinary store shelves list their ingredients as "cabbage, water, salt" and are indeed fermented in order to convert the listed ingredients into sauerkraut. Also, federal law requires disclosure of all ingredients, so, it is safe to say that vinegar is not present in those products.

                The issue is not whether store-bought sauerkraut is fermented before it is canned or bagged. The question is whether or not some or all of the probiotics in said kraut survive the pasteurization process. Since the process of canning foods predates our knowledge of probiotics, my money isn't on the bugs.

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                • #9
                  n'thing the recommendation for bubbie's. there's always a few other brands at the health food store but way smaller AND more expensive jars. At the regular grocery store I have found one brand of "real" sauerkraut (no vinegar) but it did have a bunch of preservatives. Make sure you look in the refrigerated section not the shelves.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                    bubbies also makes a live sauerkraut (as well as lacto-fermented pickles and beet kvass). you will only find the live stuff in the refrigerated section, though not everything that's refrigerated will necessarily be live.
                    All Bubbies pickles I have seen to date have vinegar in them. If they were truly fermented they wouldn't need the vinegar.

                    Agree that their sauerkraut is the real deal though. They say they slightly heat it (for shelf stability) on their website but you can see some of the probiotic goodness at the bottom of the jar, so... It's good.
                    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                    • #11
                      There's a good available in the UK called raw living .
                      Can find it in planet organic / Wholefoods around london.


                      From London England UK

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                      • #12
                        This is the brand we've been buying ~ no vinegar here. Not sure about the probiotic content, but we feel good about eating it due to the lack of preservatives. Also, a good size jar is under $4. In a perfect world, I'd be able to afford the $8/bag of refrigerated, "live" kraut from Whole Foods, but until we hit the Powerball, this will suffice.

                        Gundelsheim Sauerkraut | Gundelsheim

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                        • #13
                          I get the Wildbrine brand at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers in the cooler section -- they come in little plastic jars with super bright labels (sad plastic...) But they have no vinegar, are 100% raw and have a bunch of different flavors. The purple one is my favorite. They're at wildbrine.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pheebie View Post
                            This is the brand we've been buying ~ no vinegar here. Not sure about the probiotic content, but we feel good about eating it due to the lack of preservatives. Also, a good size jar is under $4. In a perfect world, I'd be able to afford the $8/bag of refrigerated, "live" kraut from Whole Foods, but until we hit the Powerball, this will suffice.

                            Gundelsheim Sauerkraut | Gundelsheim
                            I love how they advocate cooking the 'kraut by boiling it to death on the website. If that brand hasn't already been pasteurized before that point, cooking will sure have that effect! I don't understand people saying to add kimchi, 'kraut, and pickles to dishes you're cooking.

                            Eat that shit RAW if you want the good stuff from it!
                            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, we eat it straight out of the jar, no warming / cooking whatsoever. I just posted the link to the brand's website for easy reference.

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