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raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

I wonder this kind of raw Sauerkraut:
https://www.coop.ch/en/food/fruit-ve...ries/p/3625035

How many days do you consume it after opening it and storing in the fridge? It's written: to consume quickly after opening, but "quickly" is not very precise for me. generally I eat it raw, but can also cook it if after certain period it's not safe to eat any more.
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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

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I wonder this kind of raw Sauerkraut:
https://www.coop.ch/en/food/fruit-ve...ries/p/3625035

How many days do you consume it after opening it and storing in the fridge? It's written: to consume quickly after opening, but "quickly" is not very precise for me. Thanks
I've had some which lasted about a month before I got around to finish it, was a bit too quantity optimistic buying at a market once. Texture wise it became less crunchy. I've no food safety backed answer though.
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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

Very hard to say, if it smells sort of tangy sour, then it´s ok, musty sour, chuck it.
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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

Freeze it or cook it.

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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

I'd say a week. After that, mince onion and fry some lard with those onions, throw in a bit of paprika for 20 sec, 2 cubed peeled potatoes, carroway seeds, a spoon of flour for 30sec, mustard seeds, bay leaf and shredded chorizo, add in a liter of boiling stock and your wunderbar sauerkraut. Great winter soup. I'll repost this in Winter Comfort thread. It's a legend where I am from, competing with borsch. Après ski.

We don't use chorizo back there but papriková klobása. Same thing.

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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

A quick update on this topic.

3 days ago I pulled from a fridge a can of Sauerkraut, which I bought from a local farm shop in the very late December 2020. Only opened and used it once right after got at home. It smelled and tasted fine with no noticeable developments. I snatched a couple pinches raw and cooked the rest following the MusicChick's recipe posted above (only had to swap chorizo for spicy sujuk). No negative consequences for at least 72 hours, so I declare it safe. One can never exclude survivor's bias, but that I can't control for right away.
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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

In the Ye olde times, the people had a pot of Sauerkraut in the basement bellow the stairs. When ever they needed some they went to the pot, lifted the wooden lid, and scooped some out of it. Afterwards they closed it again and did so over the course of the year until a fresh batch of cabbages could be harvested and persevered.

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A quick update on this topic.

3 days ago I pulled from a fridge a can of Sauerkraut, which I bought from a local farm shop in the very late December 2020. Only opened and used it once right after got at home. It smelled and tasted fine with no noticeable developments. I snatched a couple pinches raw and cooked the rest following the MusicChick's recipe posted above (only had to swap chorizo for spicy sujuk). No negative consequences for at least 72 hours, so I declare it safe. One can never exclude survivor's bias, but that I can't control for right away.
Are you still alive? Congratulations!!!! I crave it now. I will do the same over the weekend. Apparently great with beer, but I don't drink it.

Is the feeling of invincibility coming yet? Superpowers?

It's really healthy!
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Re: raw Sauerkraut: how many days we can still eat after opening?

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I wonder this kind of raw Sauerkraut:
https://www.coop.ch/en/food/fruit-ve...ries/p/3625035

How many days do you consume it after opening it and storing in the fridge? It's written: to consume quickly after opening, but "quickly" is not very precise for me. generally I eat it raw, but can also cook it if after certain period it's not safe to eat any more.
Thanks
There have been some terribly misinformed answers on this thread.

It all depends on whether your saurkraut has been pasturized, but if it's raw then you're in luck.

Your saurkraut has been fermented (lactobacterial fermentation) with salt. I have saurkaut that is YEARS old (I make my own). It will only get better with age, there has never been a case in history where someone died from a fermented vegetable.

You have to think, refrigeration has been around for a century. What on earth did we do before we had fridges? We fermented, cured, stewed for preservation.

Villages would get together, shred cabbage into vats, salt it, and let the children stamp it down with their feet. These vats of preserved fermenting cabbage and other veggies would last all winter and beyond.

The same goes for Kimchi. Supermarkets are protecting themselves legally by telling you to eat it as soon as possible. Expiry dates are always very conservative.

The more sour and funky it smells, the better it is.
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