Does sauerkraut need to be in glass?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

In my experience, using a glass jar for fermenting sauerkraut is the way to go. Plastic jars just don’t cut it. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

First of all, plastic jars can leach chemicals into your sauerkraut during the fermentation process. This is not something you want happening, trust me. Glass, on the other hand, is non-reactive and won’t contaminate your precious kraut with any unwanted substances. Plus, it’s easier to clean and sanitize.

Secondly, glass jars allow the sauerkraut to vent. Fermentation produces gases, and if you seal your jar too tightly, it can lead to pressure build-up and even explosions. explosions! I’ve heard horror stories of people using plastic jars and finding their kitchen covered in sauerkraut shrapnel. Not a pretty sight, I tell ya.

A glass mason jar with a two-piece lid is the ideal choice because it has a built-in airlock that allows gases to escape while preventing outside air from getting in. It’s like giving your sauerkraut its own little breathing space. But if you don’t have a fancy mason jar, don’t worry. Any recycled glass jar with a lid will work as long as it’s not too tightly sealed.

I remember one time I tried using a plastic jar for fermenting sauerkraut because I couldn’t find my glass jar. Big mistake. The pressure inside the jar kept building up, and when I finally opened it, the kraut had turned into a mushy mess. Lesson learned: always use glass for fermenting.

So, the bottom line is, if you want to make delicious, safe, and explosion-free sauerkraut, go for a glass jar. Trust me, your taste buds and kitchen will thank you.