Yay! Today I get to open the jars that have been untouched for 3-4 weeks.
Okay, so I actually couldn’t resist and I opened them on Day 27 – can you blame me? I was itching to see in side that Harsch and test it along with the Pickl-It and Fido.
I experienced four things:
#1 – I was wrong.
#2 – Explosion!
#3 – More Mr. Slinky’s
#4 – the whiff and faint taste of mold
As well as opening those jars for the first time since Day 1 (Harsch and Fido) and Day 7 (Pickl-It), I also tested Jars 2, 3, and 13 one final time before refrigerating or disposing.
The pH’s across the board are consistently between 3 and 3.5.
Glucose tested consistently between 250 – 500 mgs per deciliter (dL).
And the taste? I tasted Jars 2, 13, 14, 15, and 17. You can read my comments about the Harsch below, but the other jars all tasted the same: a wonderful mixture of sweet, salty, and tangy. Delicious!
The Jars & Brine Samples for Day 28
Jar 2 (Olive Oil), Day 28
Final photos before transferring to refrigerator (where I capped with a white lid),
LABs are looking great. Yeast detected. It is likely be the helpful yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which only grows in an anaerobic environment.I am having a microbiologist confirm this. I transferred to fridge.
Jar 3 (Water Baggy), Day 28
First photo shows the trapped cabbage that is decaying. Second photo shows the bottom which looks unspoiled. Third photo shows where I took the sample today – right in the bottom. I won’t be keeping this jar.
Although I took the sample right out of the bottom, I still detected spoilage organisms. LABs were immature.
This jar still looks great. Brine stayed nice and high and clear, and no spoilage spotted. I transferred to fridge.
Jar 14 (Pickl-It purchased through the generosity of GNOWFGLINS), Day 28
Brine still looking great in this jar. Transferred to fridge.
It was wonderful to finally crack the Harsch open! Everything appeared to be great – I couldn’t see any mold. I did catch a faint whiff of it, though, and I could even taste it when I took a sample. Not sure why, just letting you know. I need to remove all the floaters and take the weights out and taste what’s below.
Jar 17 (Fido) , Day 28
This jar was the most fun to open. I wish I had expected what did happen so I could have captured it all. I teased you in the beginning when I said “explosion” – it was more like a pleasant volcanic eruption – it was awesome! My hand actually got wet when I opened the jar (no one got hurt). Check out how much the pressure has shifted the gasket before I opened it. And then check out the brine level changes before and after it is opened (not counting what spilled out of the jar!). Transferred to fridge.
Here is the video of the “aftermath” that I uploaded to You Tube:
LABs look nice and long and the brine is well populated. Lots of activity going on here. Slinky detected.
I am still working on – just what is this Slinky anyways? It seems to be what is called a “tightly coiled spiral bacteria.” Since we know bad bacteria can’t survive a pH this low, it can’t be harmful. I am curious to know exactly what kind it is, though. When I find out, I will let you know!
Don’t miss my next post when I share my final results – what jars am I keeping? What jars did I feed to my animals? What jars would I personally use? Which would I never recommend? Stay tuned!
Oh…I almost forgot.
In the beginning I told you “I was wrong.” What was I wrong about? I was wrong when I mentioned sauerkraut is meant to be a condiment. You wouldn’t eat a bowl of it. I was wrong! You certainly can – just ask my daughter, who ate a whole ice cream bowl full of sauerkraut yesterday when we were taste testing. YUM!
Many of the supplies (including the cabbage) purchased for testing were mostly covered by the donations from Loving Our Guts, Pickle Me Too, Easy Natural Food, Common Sense Homesteading, Lisa M., Traditional Foods, Grocery Geek, Rachel C., The Urban Hearth, Hybrid Rasta Mama, Sarah M, Miriam R., and Leslie C. THANK YOU!
The Pickl-It was purchased through the generosity of GNOWFGLINS.
If you would like to contribute funds to this experiment, I would be ever grateful. Please send PayPal funds to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a blog I would be happy to link to it as a contributor. Thank you!
|Lea Harris founded Nourishing Treasures in 2006. A mom passionate about her family's health and well-being, Lea believes education is power. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, Lea's goal is to raise awareness of what goes into our mouths and on our bodies, providing natural alternative information that promotes health and prevents disease by using traditional foods and nature's medicine.|
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