I made up a batch of sauerkraut while Im residing in one place over here in Asia. I didnt have a cloth to cover the container i made it in so had to cover it with a pair of my shorts. ...i forgot about the cabbage for a couple of weeks and I looked today and theres a couple of flies and little bugs that have dropped into the sauerkraut... the shorts didnt do the job!! haha
So, would you still eat this sauerkraut knowing flies and bugs have been floating in there or just throw it out and start again?
Fuck it, I'd probably still give it a shot.
I wouldn't touch it, but some people eat rotten seal flippers, so who am I to judge?
I'd suggest you scrape out the top inch or so. Does it look okay in the layers underneath? A bite won't kill you.
If it tastes like sauerkraut, eat the rest. Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much. The whole point of fermentation is that the good bacteria overwhelm the bad.
"If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are.
If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." ..Richard Feynman
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I wouldn't. I hate to waste food but I hate food poisoning even more.
And while I agree that fermenting generally helps get rid of the baddies, you have to help the good bacteria along and not put it in a losing situation. Even pretty careful home brewers occasionally skunk a batch of beer.
I wouldn't touch Sauerkraut with my feet. Maybe with a long stick, depends...
Sauerkraut sucks...shoved down my throat since age 2 or so...stomping it myself with my feet in a large barrel as a kid.
Born to german parents, growing up in Germany...I can't stand Sauerkraut. It's an awesome gate-way food for bulimia.
you lost me when you told us the batch was covered with your shorts.
whats the worst that can happen? Diarrhea, e-coli, etc. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. lol