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Old 08-17-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Pickling Questions

OK, I made pickles this year...same as many other years...and the jars didn't seal! Am I doomed? Is there any salvaging the pickles? Help!

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Old 08-17-2004, 09:33 PM   #2
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Just keep them refrigirated, they will taste better anyways.
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:51 PM   #3
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There are an awful lot to keep refrigerated! I usually put em in the fridge once they are open...but I would like to leave them on the shelf til then. Come on picklers I know you are out there. Can I reseal these babies or am I asking for botulism?
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I've searched the net and it seems to be the theory that wins is DO NOT RESEAL the jars - it is unsafe. It says to refrigerate them :? Or possibly give as gifts for that oh so special holiday known as Saturday :roll:
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Im sorry Alix. All that hard work...... :(
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I'm looking forward to reading lots of new recipes using pickles. ;) Pickle Noodle Casserole, Pickle Pate', Stuffed Pickles, Pickle Pudding... LOL

I'm sorry that happened Alix. How many jars are there? As industrious as you are, probably dozens!

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Did any of them seal??? My parents had always resealed theirs when they didnt seal, but I guess it would depend on the time in between. How can you ask for botulism when it's acid? I would have trtied to reseal em....all the years my parents have been doing it, and well we've never gotten sick...
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A couple of them sealed...but at least 4 didn't. How did they reseal? Start from scratch or just hot water bath?
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These are some things I found:

Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600593
08/03/99

REPROCESSING UNSEALED JARS

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If a jar fails to seal, remove the lid and check the
jar-sealing surface for tiny nicks. If necessary, change
the jar, add a new, properly prepared lid, and reprocess
within 24 hours using the same processing time. Headspace
in unsealed jars may be adjusted to 1 1/2 inch and jars
could be frozen instead of reprocessed. Foods in single
unsealed jars could be stored in the refrigerator and
consumed within several days.
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I checked many other sources also and they all said this exact same quote. I guess you can't really freeze pickles :-(
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Just throw them in the tub again....surely they would enjoy it....
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