Sauerkraut juice as a starter?
A question for the preserving gurus of this group.
I use left over youghurt from one batch to serve as a starter for the
I went in for a water seal crock, and am doing 5 lb of kraut. It looks
OK, happily bubbling and slightly milky, with a decent fresh kraut
SW brought home a batch of pickling cukes and, taking her Queenly
role, told me that fermented pickles are required, and what am I
Cukes are now soaking in pickle lime solution.
New, when I pack them into a crock, I want to be sure they don't go
off and spoiled. Can I use a cup or so of active sauerkraut juice from
THAT crock as a started for the pickles? My GMom used to simply place
a slice of rye bread on the top of the cukes, and then a small plate
and weight to keep all submerged.
I really want the fermentation to take off like gangbusters,
supressing the wild microorganisms on the cukes' skins.
Does this work?
I've also read in Strybel & Strybel how to make rye sour (rye
sourdough starter) and wonder if that can be made using active
Re: Sauerkraut juice as a starter?
On Wed, 02 May 2012 14:30:13 -0500, Chemiker
<[email protected]> wrote:
>A question for the preserving gurus of this group.
the principle worked according to the bacteriology manual.
If I grow cukes and cabbages, the same microbeasties are going to be
on both. So, if one is fermenting well, it should work as a starter
for the other.
I washed my cukes, and tipped them only. Then I dipped them into a
weak bleach solution for maybe 30 seconds, followed by a 3 minute
rinse. Sanitized my glass pickle crock, packed it with dill and a bit
of garlic, heated and cooled my brine (done earlier, scalded the crock
at the very end), packed my cukes in, with black peppercorns, and
took a pair of S/S tongs, and seared them in a gas flame on the stove.
Grabbed a "pinch" (1/8 cup) of developing sauerkraut and dumped same
on top of the cukes, then added the brine. Topped with a slice of rye
bread. Sealed with Saran, then punched a hole in it and placed the top
in place. (Yes I put a saucer on top of the cukes).
I can now report, fermentation took off like a rocket. No sign of any
spoilage, and the odor of REAL fermented pickles is pronounced.
Liquid is just as cloudy as one would expect.
QED. The bacteria fermenting the sauerkraut can be used as a starter
for Polski ogorki, in the traditional fermented style.
Taste test to follow. I find pickles a little chancy here where I
live, for two reasons. (1) the pickling cukes I find in markets have
been physically abused. (2) there are too many wild microbeasties in
our air, every one eager to spoil your crock.
Next question: Can I use Boar's Head sauerkraut as a starter? I'm
talking about the refrigerated stuff.