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Old 07-06-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Canning gone wrong. Thought I cheat a little.

This is the reason NOT to reuse pickle jars bought at stores.

Luckily I caught it in time before the water really boiled.



Lost 2 small pickles and 1 large one. Oh well.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Question... How long do you guys store Brine for? Obviously I have some extra left over but don't have cukes to harvest yet. Wondering if I can save the brine for a week in fridge?
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Canning gone wrong. Thought I cheat a little.

This is the reason NOT to reuse pickle jars bought at stores.

Luckily I caught it in time before the water really boiled.



Lost 2 small pickles and 1 large one. Oh well.
sorry to see that happen. We have, in the past used jars from other foods for canning, and never had anything like that happen. We have had a couple of regular mason jars break, but over 50 years of canning it has only happened a couple of times. We no longer do use anything except regular canning jars....I have found one of the best places to get them is at garage sales. I got a dozen 1/2 pint ones for $1.25 earlier this year. We use mostly pints and 1/2 pints. Once in awhile we will can tomatoes or pickles in quart jars.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well the weekend is about over and my legs are killing me; 2 days of canning plus a day of shopping for the canning produce really takes a lot out of this old lady. But then I look at all those beautiful jars lined up and I know it is well worth it...
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I was visiting my mom in another part of the state, and strawberries were much cheaper there. Six half pints of jam done. I also bought a peck of pickling cucumbers -- dunno what I'll do with them yet, there are still a few days to decide.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Lost 2 small pickles and 1 large one. Oh well.
It happens to everyone at least once
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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lost a quart jar while canning tomatoes last year. Not sure why...it just did. I think sometimes some jars just have a flaw or weak point.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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It is the brine they are in that keeps them crispy but here is a clone Claussen Kosher Dill pickle that you keep in the fridge. It is pretty good and they stay crispy.
Just made 2 more jars of Pickles. I think someone here said it.... it can get addicting. lol

Question because I'm fascinated by it...

Aren't we essentially boiling the cukes (or tomatoes) inside the jars? How do they not get soft, cooked, rotted? Weird but cool!

I know the brine preserves them but we boil them for so many minutes that the insides must be boiling too. No?
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Just made 2 more jars of Pickles. I think someone here said it.... it can get addicting. lol

Question because I'm fascinated by it...

Aren't we essentially boiling the cukes (or tomatoes) inside the jars? How do they not get soft, cooked, rotted? Weird but cool!

I know the brine preserves them but we boil them for so many minutes that the insides must be boiling too. No?
Too assure the pickles stay firm it is suggested you do not bring the bath to a full boil, but about 180 to 200 degrees. We have been doing pickles for maybe 30 or more years and used to have mostly success, but sometimes they were not as firm as we had hoped. I got a new canning book, and the gal recommended among other things, not to bring to boil. since then we have never had a less than perfect pickle. With tomatoes we do always bath them in boiling water.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Howdy sorry I have been MIA vacation and other things you know.

I think I posted one of the pickle recipes that just go into the fridge without processing but I don't make mine in a full boil either.

I canned up some chicken, hamburger and pasta sauce before vacation. I'm using more pints now too.
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