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Can fermented foods be stored in pantry, vacuum sealed in jars?

Posted by maineguy none (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 15, 11 at 3:17

I'm new to making lacto-fermented vegetables. If I were to make kimchi and other fermented vegetables, would anything be wrong with vacuum sealing the pickled vegetables in jars with a foodsaver jar sealer, and storing in the pantry, instead of a refrigerator? Or would they go bad a lot quicker than if stored in the refrigerator? I know that I could pressure can them, but I prefer live cultures.


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RE: Can fermented foods be stored in pantry, vacuum sealed in jar

Officially, shelf storage isn't recommended unless the food is heat processed. But many fermented foods require only BWB processing not pressure canning.

Personally, since yeasts and molds are the main concern, I would be comfortable with some fermented foods stored in a pantry IF it is a really cool-temp pantry like a root cellar but that's JMO.


RE: Can fermented foods be stored in pantry, vacuum sealed in jar

I would be worried that they might explode if fermentation isn't finished! At least add some vinegar before sealing (or even just screwing the lid on tight), and cooler is better. Fridge is best.

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