I want to understand pickle mold

colorful pickle mold

Hello, I have been fermenting for many years and I always wonder about the whole mold. I have heard some say just scrape it off and you'll be fine. I wondered your opinion. Hear is a pic of my odd pickle mold.

Thanks for your help.

Kelly

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Hi Kelly,

There are different kinds of mold and with those different concerns. The smaller white molds are okay and can be scraped off — once you get into pink and black molds you should throw it away. I also find that if it is a shredded sauerkraut scraping off mold will get you to a layer that has been anaerobic and safe from the mold, however, like in your pickles below that mold is on a cucumber that goes through the whole jar and I consider this to be more infected.

I hope that helps,

Kirsten