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What caused my sauerkraut to turn dark?

Darkness in sauerkraut may be caused by:


  • Unwashed and improperly trimmed cabbage
  • Insufficient juice to cover fermenting cabbage
  • Uneven distribution of salt
  • Exposure to air
  • High temperatures during fermentation, processing, or storage
  • Long storage period


Discard darkened sauerkraut.



Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia







Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009



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