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                        PREVENTING PICKLING PROBLEMS
 
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                         -----PROBLEM PREVENTION-----
 
   There are so many factors involved in pickling --
   weather and growing conditions, type of salt, acidity
   of vinegar, storage temperature, time from gathering
   to pickling, processing -- that sometimes things go
   wrong. Here are some common problems and causes.
   
   1. SOFT OR SLIPPERY PICKLES: Could result from not
   removing the scum from the surface of the brine; from
   not keeping the cucumbers submerged in the brine; from
   using too weak of brine or vinegar, using hard water,
   or not removing the blossom end of a cucumber; from
   not sealing each jar as it is filled; from not heating
   long enough to destroy microorganisms; or from storing
   in too warm a spot. Check jars carefully for signs of
   spoilage.
   
   2. SHRIVELED PICKLES: May be the result of too strong
   brine, vinegar, syrup, or pickling solution, or may
   mean cucumbers didn't travel from the field to the
   kitchen fast enough.
   
   3. HOLLOW PICKLES: Could result from too long a time
   between pickling and processing, from improper curing
   or too high a temperature during fermentation, or from
   bad growing conditions.  Don't use any cucumbers that
   float as you wash them.
   
   4. DARK PICKLES: Indicate iron in the water or cooking
   utensil, ground spices or whole spices left in jars,
   cooking too long with spices, or hard water.
   
   5. FADED, DULL  PICKLES: Result from poor growing
   conditions or too mature cucumbers.
   
   6. WHITE SEDIMENT IN THE BOTTOM OF JARS: It isn't
   harmful. It could come from not using pure granulated
   salt, or could be the result of fermentation. Check
   jars carefully for signs of spoilage.
   
   7. SPOILED PICKLES: Means you didn't process them
   properly; that you used old ingredients, nonstandard
   jars, or old lids; or that the pickling solution
   wasn't boiling hot, or you filled too many jars before
   sealing them. In other words, you didn't follow
   directions! Check jars carefully for signs of spoilage.
   
   Source Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia Typos by
   Dorothy Flatman 1995
  
 
 
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