So I decided to make some sauerkraut and now I'm afraid to eat it, lol!
It looks good. Nothing black or fuzzy that I can see through the glass. I put it in September 7th so that's 1 week today. I didn't mean to leave it so long but honestly, I'm a little nervous about opening it.
So how do I know if it's good? How can I tell if I'm going to poison myself?
And if it's ok and won't kill me, how do you eat it? My whole life I've only eaten the store bought cooked sauerkraut on hot dogs, lol!
If it doesn't smell god-awful, it's good to eat. If the juice is still covering the top of the cabbage, mold can't grow on the surface, so you should be safe. I was weary about eating my own sauerkraut at first, and nothing bad happened to me!
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Ok, I will suck it up and open a jar tonight. The juice is all covering and just from the outside I don't see anything gross. I mean really, worst case, I just throw out a buck's worth of cabbage (I only made one small head - two jars).
It should be pretty obvious when you open it. If it smells like rotten veg, it's gone bad. If it smells sour and tangy, she's good to go. I've got my first batch in years in the cupboard too, should be ready on the weekend.
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Like racingsnake said, it's pretty obvious when it goes bad. That being said, I bought a copy of "Wild Fermentation" and have read it cover to cover two or three times now. Put to rest a lot of my fears of fermentation. I highly recommend it.
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I felt the same way when I made my kraut. I had no idea what it was supposed to taste like, but I just bought a can of the stuff from a supermarket, and it tastes pretty much the same!
It tastes... sour. A little tangy. As long as it doesn't taste BAD or smells bad, I think you may be fine. I know I was :P