Sauerkraut probiotic testing

Asked May 4, 2016, 3:38 PM EDT

I make home fermented sauerkraut. I want to find out the concentration of several beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus plantarum and acidophilus in my kraut. I have called my local extension office twice and UK's extension office twice to try to get the name of a testing lab and no one will even give me the courtesy of a return call. I am in the process of contacting private labs now. I thought this was the kind of help UK was supposed to provide.

Pulaski County Kentucky

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Preparing Fermented Foods

Dear Mr. Stamper
I appreciate the reply but it would have been more helpful if you had just said whether or not you or someone at UK could give me the name of a testing lab. Yes or no. I have been making sauerkraut for years, I think I can do that as well as they do at the University of Georgia. This is not an urgent request but it has become frustrating to find that neither my local extension office nor UK will just give me a simple yes or no. I obviously have a pc and can research the question on my own as I have been doing. Tell you what: when I find a lab I will let you know.
Yours truly,
Mike Henry

Mr. Henry, I am sorry you have not had the response you would have liked. We are still in the process of trying to find a lab which will allow public use. I sent you the web links in hopes they might provide assistance. If you can give me the offices you contacted, I will inquire why they did not respond. Peace, Chuck Stamper

Chuck, I did not mean to be a smart aleck but it can be frustrating to deal with bureaucracies. The lab I found, which I have made arrangements to have testing done by, is EMSL Food Testing. They have a website. I spoke with a very nice helpful lady named Natalie, I believe she is a scientist. No need to contact my local offices, I do not want anyone to get in trouble and I already know all I need to about why they didn't respond. This is not my first rodeo by a long shot.

Home food preservation is undergoing something of a revival, I think, judging from the number of people who have tried to get me to make kraut for them or have asked for instructions on how to do it. I would think there will be a lot of people interested in getting some kind of testing done on their products. The state of UK's extension service's preparation to provide assistance in this regard has been surprising. Thanks for your offer of help, and if I need anything in the future I will contact you.

Mike Henry