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Old 01-26-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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Newbie with a sauerkraut problem!

Iím new to the forum and fairly new to making my own sauerkraut. Iíve had successful batches, but Iím not sure if my last batch is safe to eat! I have three-quarters filled my jars and covered the cabbage with enough brine to keep it submerged. I also used weights, in the form of water-filled small ziplock bags. I now find thereís been a slight overflow of liquid from the jars, and when I open them and lift out the bags, the brine has become viscous and gloopy. Is this normal or is something sinister going on that might make it inedible?

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Old 01-26-2019, 01:48 PM   #2
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I have no idea, but there's a saying for home canners, fermenters, charceutiers (is that a word?). If in doubt, throw it out.

I've made small batch kraut, 2-3 pounds, in mason jars many times and have never had liquid get viscous and gloppy. In fact, just started a batch this morning to use up the rest of a huge head of Napa cabbage used for 2 other meals. I personally would throw it out.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:49 PM   #3
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Old 01-26-2019, 04:46 PM   #4
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Hi Earthling! Welcome to DC. Steve Kroll has made kraut for ages. He has posted much information on the process. You might find the posts in these three threads to be helpful.

Canning Sauerkraut

New to making Sauerkraut, questions...

Sauerkraut Blues

Good luck. Let us know when your sauerkraut is ready. You never know who might show up with Bratwurst or a pork roast...
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:12 PM   #5
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Ive been making it for the past few years. Occasionally you get a slight white film on top of the liquid ( which I scoop out). Occasionally the liquid clouds a bit. Ive never had it turn viscous or gloopy on me. Usually the culprits for me is either some of the cabbage wasn't submerged ( which yours was). Also, during the summer months, where the kitchen can sometimes get a little warmer, could do my sauerkraut in. The other factor would be the salt to liquid ration, but if you made it successfully before with the same recipe, not sure that would be a factor at all.
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