After blogging for about 6 months now I've learned a lot. Sometimes I take too many pics and sometimes not enough. Be glad that there are no pics for this post.
Last night I made salsa verde (recipe & pics in a future post) and wanted to can the sauerkraut I've had on the counter for a while since the canning kettle was going. The kraut was done about a week ago so I'd left it on the counter with a basket on top, the baggie of brine still floating on the liquid's surface.
Mistake. Always put a lid back on anything that is fermented.
I lifted off the backet to discover that the sauerkraut was ruined. Two things had happened. First, there was mold. Most things that ferment will get a small amount of mold on any bits that float. The submerged bits will be fine.
Second, and most egregious, was that the fruit flies had had a sex orgy. That baggie of brine had become a waterbed for their fruit fly Boogie Nights! Be glad I didn't take any pics. There were pupae husks all over the baggie and on the sides of the pot. It was disgusting.
At least the fruit flies were happy... until I dumped them into the garbage disposal. What's weird is that I hadn't noticed many fruit flies in the kitchen, though I did hear the occasional strain of Marvin Gaye emmanating from the counter late at night.
Sigh. That'll teach me. I should have put an impermeable lid or cover on it. I should have canned it 2 weeks ago. I should have put it into the fridge.
Thank goodness cabbage is cheap. Had I lost my pickles I would have cried.