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Offline Andrew K Fletcher

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Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« on: 27/11/2005 14:22:18 »
Pickled some beetroot around two months ago. Tried it it was delicious.

picked up the jar yesterday and found it had a white fur inside and obviously a fermentation process going on because there was a considerable amount of froth on the beetroot and vinegar.

Opened the lid to find a very strong smell of acetone?

Can anyone explain whats going on here?

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #1 on: 05/12/2005 16:57:19 »
Come on people, I pickled onions in exactly the same jars with exactly the same vinegar and they did not produce acetone.
This was not a slight smell, it was like opening a bottle of nail varnish remover.



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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #2 on: 05/12/2005 17:40:19 »
My mum used to do a lot of pickling but I've never noticed anything like that

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #3 on: 05/12/2005 19:59:48 »
sounds like mouldy out of date Beatroot to me lol as for the acetone smell are you sure you have smelt real acetone not getting confused with pickling acid? not convinced anyone would make that mistake but meh, maybe the smell is the deterioration of the rubber seal of the jar due to the acidity ?

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #4 on: 06/12/2005 12:06:35 »
the seals and lids on both the pickled onion jars and the pickled beetroot jars are identical and not deteriorated either.

I know the smell of acetone! This is very strong acetone smell, maybe we are onto a new fuel source. The fur on the mould was white and the froth on top of the fermenting beetroot was red.

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #5 on: 07/12/2005 16:56:53 »
the acetone or Ketones may have come from the fermentation of the sugars in the beetroot.   The products of the fermentation probably also included alcohol.

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #6 on: 07/12/2005 20:55:48 »
I don't understand the chemistry behind it, but it appears acetone can be produced (by fermentation?) from alcohol and also (according to the following site) from maize, potatoes and horse chestnuts.

http://collections.iwm.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.1267

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Re: Acetone from pickling beetroot?
« Reply #7 on: 11/12/2005 10:43:50 »
hmm lets all make some acetone, i asumed it was a chemical process rather than a fermentation cool i will have to whip me up some + some beetroot

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