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micsager:
Last night, I was cleaning out the pickle jars, as we are making about 6 dozen quarts of dill pickles this weekend.  And I look up, and see all these nice cones on my hop vines.  And I wondered......

what would happen if we through a few cones into some of the jars. 

We're gonna give it a go.  Has anyone ever done this? 

bluefoxicy:

--- Quote from: micsager on August 22, 2013, 08:47:07 AM ---
what would happen if we through a few cones into some of the jars. 

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Nifa Fifa will start drinking your pickle juice.

theDarkSide:
Micsager...sorry to thread jack but do you need to use a pressure cooker when jarring your pickles.  My wife wants to do some pickling with the ton of cukes we grew this year.  She bought the canning jars but I thought you need to use the pressure cooker to sterilize for long term storage.

I have no clue.

Hop pickles...I'm not sure about that one, but then I don't like pickles that much.  Good luck.

micsager:

--- Quote from: theDarkSide on August 29, 2013, 01:18:04 PM ---Micsager...sorry to thread jack but do you need to use a pressure cooker when jarring your pickles.  My wife wants to do some pickling with the ton of cukes we grew this year.  She bought the canning jars but I thought you need to use the pressure cooker to sterilize for long term storage.

I have no clue.

Hop pickles...I'm not sure about that one, but then I don't like pickles that much.  Good luck.

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We do not use a pressure cooking.  We don't process most jars in a water bath.  Just heat the brine to almost boiling, run the jars through the hottest cycle in your dishwasher (with no soap), have the lids in a pot on the stove with likewise very hot water. 

Fill the jars with pickles, dill, peppers, ext, then fill with brine to about a 1/4 inch from top, put on the lids on screw a ring on.  As tight as you can.  Let them cool.  most will seal just fine.  you can tell by tapping the lid.  Plus, you will hear them "ping" as they seal.  If any do not seal, process in water bath for 10 minutes and repeat the cooling. 

Out of the 91 jars we did Sunday, only two needed a water bath.  That's better than normal. 

Like brewing, cleanliness is quite critical.

morticaixavier:
The decision to process in a water bath or in pressure has to do with the pH of the food you are canning. cucumber Pickles, if made from a trustworthy recipe with vinegar of known acidity is safe to preserve with a water bath but if the pH is too high there is risk of botulism and you need to get the processing temp up there well above 212 to be safe.

That's when the pressure canner comes in.

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