Frequently Asked Questions
How long do pickles/sauerkraut last after being opened?
Whether opened or unopened, all of Bubbies products should remain safe to eat through their listed ‘Use By’, ‘EXP’ or ‘Sell By’ dates, but once opened they are at their best if consumed within 3 to 4 months.
Are your products Gluten Free?
All of Bubbies products are gluten free and are manufactured in a gluten-free environment.
Is it ok to drink the brine?
Drinking the brine is divine! You can substitute brine for vinegar when making dressings or marinades. Try adding some brine to your favorite salad, soup or savory cocktail.
I left my jar of Bubbies on the shelf and not refrigerated for a couple of days, is it still good to eat?
Most of Bubbies food products should remain safe to eat if left out of refrigeration for a couple of days because of their very high acidity. Bubbies cannot guarantee the quality of improperly stored foods, and consumers must use their best judgment when consuming them. If left out for a couple of days, Bubbies fermented foods will become a bit softer and sourer; Bubbies Horseradish may begin to change a darker color, may separate and lose pungency; but all should still remain safe to eat. On the other hand, Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips do not require refrigeration until opened, but must be kept refrigerated thereafter. Our Pickled Herring Fillets should be kept refrigerated at all times and discarded if not stored properly.
Does heating up sauerkraut harm it?
Heating the sauerkraut to high temperatures for long periods of time will eliminate any good bacteria remaining from the fermentation process, but it will not make it unsafe to consume. Many people prefer their kraut warm, but we suggest eating Bubbies Sauerkraut cold and straight out of the jar!
Are your products organic?
Bubbies does not offer organic products at this time.
Is your sauerkraut raw or pasteurized?
We do not consider Bubbies Sauerkraut pasteurized, but we cannot call it raw either. Bubbies Sauerkraut is heated briefly in our bottle wash after being sealed in the jar. This quick process does not eliminate all the cultures, just some of them that are producing the bulk of the carbon dioxide gas at that stage of fermentation.
Do Bubbies products contain any of the 8 major allergens: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Wheat or Soybeans? Are any of these 8 major allergens present in Bubbies’ food facilities?
All of Bubbies products are free of the 8 major allergens as are the facilities in which they are crafted. Bubbies Horseradish products sold in the United States do not contain and are crafted in facilities free from all the 8 major allergens. Naturally, Bubbies Pickled Herring Fillets contain fish, but do not contain and are produced in facilities free from all the other 7 major allergens. Bubbies Horseradish products sold in Canada do not contain any of the 8 major allergens, but are produced in the same facility as our Pickled Herring Fillets.
What are the “spices” listed in your ingredients? Are they nightshades?
Bubbies chooses not to declare a complete list of our ‘spices’ to protect our proprietary recipes, but this ingredient is comprised entirely of whole, ground and crushed spice without any additives. Three of the ‘spices’ we use are whole black pepper, whole dill seed and crushed red chilies, the last of which is a nightshade. If you require more information for allergy reasons, please send us a request naming the spice or spices you are concerned about on our web page at ‘Write Bubbie’.
What kind of salt is used in your brine?
Bubbies products are made with Kosher salt that comes from a now dried, inland sea bed. Our salt is not iodized and is minimally processed, giving the same sort of flavor and consistency as sea salt.
What is your white vinegar made from?
Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips, Horseradish products, Pickled Herring Fillets and the pickled hot banana peppers found in our Spicy Kosher Dills and Spicy Sauerkraut are crafted with white vinegar derived from corn. There is no vinegar present in our Kosher Dill Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kosher Dill Relish or Pickled Green Tomatoes.
Where do I find the ‘Use By’ date on the jar?
The ‘Use By’, ‘EXP’, or ‘Sell By’ date can be found stamped in ink on the outside of the jar, in the area below the lid and above the label. The Herring Fillets have a BB, Best Before date stamped on the top of the lid.
I have a jar of Dill Pickles or Tomatoes and it’s cloudy, is this normal?
It’s the cloudy brine that makes it Bubbies! The cloudy brine is a normal byproduct of our natural fermentation process. Over time the cloudiness can settle out of the brine to the bottom of the jar and on the tops of the Pickles or Tomatoes. Some batches are naturally cloudier than others, but all are safe to consume and taste delicious. Shake Until Cloudy and Enjoy!
Are any of Bubbies products ‘shelf stable’?
Only Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips are shelf stable because they are pasteurized. All of Bubbies other products require refrigeration at all times, even prior to opening.
My relish went moldy before I could use it up? What can I do?
Fermented foods crafted without preservatives, like Bubbies Kosher Dill Relish, are more susceptible to common airborne mold and yeast when exposed to the open air than most foods. To keep mold from forming, make sure Bubbies Kosher Dill Relish and other fermented foods are completely submerged in their brine. If the brine is looking low, try adding a small amount of filtered water or better yet, the brine from our Kosher Dills, Sauerkrauts or Tomatoes.
Are your products Non-GMO?
All of Bubbies products are made without GMO ingredients. Bubbies Kosher Dills, Kosher Dill Relish, Sauerkraut and Pickled Green Tomatoes carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on their labels and we are currently seeking certification by the Non-GMO Project on all other products not yet verified.
Are your pickles/sauerkraut probiotic?
Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles, Spicy Kosher Dills, Kosher Dill Relish, Sauerkraut, Spicy Sauerkraut, and Pickled Green Tomatoes are all lacto-fermented with naturally present cultures. Bubbies chooses not to make claims that any specific strains or quantities of friendly bacteria, a.k.a ‘Probiotics’, are present in these food products because they are all crafted by wild fermentation which will produce different strains and varying quantities of bacteria from batch to batch.
What is "lacto-fermentation"?
Lacto-fermentation is a type of fermentation where by certain bacteria, mostly of the Lactobacillus genus, consume sugars and produce lactic acid. Lacto-fermentation is the magic process behind Sauerkraut, Sour Pickles, Kimchi, Kombucha, Yogurt, and much, much more! The lactic acid produced by these bacteria during fermentation is what ‘pickles’ our cucumbers, cabbage and tomatoes into Bubbies Dill Pickles, Dill Relish, Sauerkrauts, and Pickled Green Tomatoes.
What is "wild fermentation"?
Wild fermentation is a type of fermentation that occurs when the naturally occurring bacteria and/or yeast that culture on and inside fruits and vegetables as they are growing are allowed to flourish in the correct environment, such as beneath the surface of Bubbies cloudy brine! Bubbies Dill Pickles, Dill Relish, Sauerkrauts and Pickled Green Tomatoes are all considered wild fermented foods.
My jar of pickles didn’t pop when I opened it, is that bad?
This is normal! Bubbies does not use pop up lids. Our lids are machine tightened and the jars are not vacuum-sealed.
Is it safe to consume Bubbies products while breastfeeding?
We have no knowledge that consuming Bubbies products while breastfeeding is unsafe. We feel that this would be a health question best discussed with your physician.
Can I feed your products to my animals?
Animals typically do not need the extra sodium that pickled and fermented foods contain. While an occasional taste will likely do no harm, it's best not to give our food products to your pets on purpose. Please consult your veterinarian for information on why pickled and fermented foods should be avoided for your pet.
My jar of sauerkraut fizzed and bubbled all over the counter. Has it gone bad and should I throw it out?
You may have purchased a jar that has started a secondary fermentation. The product will be more sour and possibly a bit softer. It is not harmful to eat, it is just a jar with very active cultures and needs to be kept refrigerated. Please contact us directly if you have further questions.