You have to remember two things about the recipes and instructions in the Ball book - they are (1) proven safe canning procedures that conform to current approved methods for home
canning established by the USDA (for more information visit: The National Center for Home Food Preservation
) and (2) they are TNT recipes that will work.
As marmalady said, Ball does have both a phone number and a place on their website where you can email them your questions. You can find both here
- the phone and FAX numbers are at the bottom of the page.
amber - yes, you should be able to safely cut a recipe in half for pickles ... but you must still process for the same time as the full recipe. For example, if you cut a recipe for 8-qts that calls for 20-minutes processing time in a boiling water canner, you can cut the ingredients in half but you still have to process for 20-minutes.