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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:39 PM
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Does Sauerkraut ever go bad?
How can you tell?

I bought a bag of sauerkraut a few weeks ago, and put the leftovers in the fridge. Since the original packaging was refrigerated, is there a sauerkraut shelf-life which I am unaware of?
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:40 PM
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1. Sure, it gets sauer-er
:evilgrin:
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:45 PM
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10. Watch it buster!
My last name IS Sauer! (Honest!) ;-)
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:49 PM
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13. what is your credit card #
Just curious. Your SS# would be nice too
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:50 PM
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14. For real?
Are your children called "braten"?? :rofl:
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:53 PM
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20. No, besides, I don't have kids.
But my last name is Sauer.

Thankfully, my Dad changed his last name, from Sauermilch.
(You can laugh your ass off now.) :D
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:55 PM
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21. Do you pronounce it with a Z?
That would be the real Germanic pronunciation, I believe.
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:58 PM
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22. It was pronounced this way.
Sour-milch.

In Germany it would have been pronounced sour-milk.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:40 PM
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2. Only if it starts hanging with a bad crowd..... nt
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:41 PM
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4. Yep...
... just keep it well away from the cauliflower and the parsnips, and it will behave. :P
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:42 PM
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5. LOL.
Nah - I keep the Veggies in the Crisper.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:41 PM
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3. Yes, it can get some nasty bacteria if kept at room temperature
In the 'fridge it's good for months or years.
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:43 PM
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6. YEARS??
Ooh - now I've got a reason to hang on to it! (This I gotta see!)
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clydefrand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:43 PM
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7. It just gets badder! ;-) since it starts out that way.
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Cyndee_Lou_Who Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:44 PM
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8. I bet somewhere there's an expiration date on it...
Hey, :hi:

Here's a link to some pics from my Duke Gardens visit last week:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:48 PM
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12. I already threw away the bag.
This will be time for experimenting (at my gastro-intestinal risk).

Hey, CLW :hi: Sorry I missed this thread before. :)

Ah, Duke Gardens.... :loveya:
(I hope you had fun!)
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:45 PM
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9. is it ever good?
There are darn few foods I can't eat. Beets are one of them. Sauerkraut is the other. It's sad, because I do have some German heritage. But what were they thinking?

P.S. Yay, I found my sig file --

The conservation movement is a breeding ground of communists
and other subversives. We intend to clean them out,
even if it means rounding up every birdwatcher in the country.
--John Mitchell, US Attorney General 1969-72


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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:51 PM
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17. It's good if it's rinsed before you cook it and you do interesting things
with it, like mix it with Sweet Pepper Relish and simmer Johnsonville Brats in the mixture.

If you don't rinse it, it's fit only for serving on Hot Dogs...which is a great thing in itself.

I just Love Sauerkraut.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:48 PM
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11. Sauerkraut in the refrigerator case generally has a shelf life approaching
one year. Somewhere on the bag there would have been an expiration date in small print.

If it's properly stored in a covered container in the fridge, and nothing odd grows on it, it'll be good to eat for some months yet. :)
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:52 PM
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18. Now that's what I'm looking for!
Because when you cook brats for one person, you tend to have a lot of kraut left over. :)
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:50 PM
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15. I just checked with my expert
on all things under the heading of "food".(hint, hint: Zig Heil!!) Sauer Kraut can be a good medium for bacteria, so be careful with it.
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:53 PM
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19. Say "Hi"
to the Food Nazi for me. :hi: ;)
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 07:50 PM
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16. "go bad"? sheesh, i thought sauerkraut...
started out bad :shrug:
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