Why does my ferment have such a strong odor?

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Here you have to trust your senses there’s a difference between rotten and pungent. If your veggies are off it will most probably be accompanied by other telltale signs, like mold, slimy and mushy vegetables, if all of this is evident then it may be in your best interest to compost the batch and start over. It must look good, smell good and then you can taste it if it tastes good then it is GOOD!


  • Make sure you have washed and rinsed your equipment properly, the rinsing is just as important part as the washing is.
  • Add more salt next time
  • Use only the freshest vegetables available.