Pickles! It seems like everyone wants to make pickles this time of year. We get so many calls related to pickles; I will highlight just a few of the facts that we share with callers.
- Use small cucumbers of a variety designed for pickling.
- Use canning or pickling salt. Other salts may result in cloudy brine.
- Use commercially produced vinegar with 5% acidity. Use white if you are concerned about brine color.
- Recipes do exist for reduced salt pickles. Don’t just cut back on the salt in your recipe, the product may be unsafe. These recipes can be found in the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning.
- Alum is not recommended in current pickle recipes. Other products and processes are available. Check with us at AnswerLine for some ideas.
Remember to use tested recipes for your pickles. Tested recipes will always include a boiling water bath processing time.