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Fizzing Pickles?

Discussion in 'The Harvest: Recipes, Canning, Preserving' started by Carol Dee, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Sep 10, 2013
    Carol Dee

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    When DH opened a jar of dill pickles he made there was a nice sound of a seal being broken. But more like opening a soda can. Whoosh. Then they FIZZED and bubbled up from the bottom of the jar! Is that normal? He says the smell and taste like dill pickles. Only a little softer than he remembers his Grandmas and the skins are a bit tough. I have not had the nerve to try any yet. Good thing he only did 2 jars! He did have to use slicing cucumbers cut into spears as we did not have pickling cucs.
     
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    baymule

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    That would make me nervous. I never had that happen. :/
     
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    Were they processed with vinegar, or fermented? That sounds like there was some fermentation going on, but I don't see how that could happen if processed in a water bath. Your husband is a very brave man.
     
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    Carol Dee

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    He used his Grandmothers recipe. No water bath! I am NOT eating them.
     
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    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    yeah, sounds like they are fermenting in the jar. old fashioned pickles done and kept in a crock aren't usually kept long unless put into cold storage or processed in a water bath.

    i always remember as a kid getting pickles from a local store that kept them in a big barrel by their deli. it was a weekly tradition to get one. i always like their half sours and my sister loved their kosher dills, and mom a good ole sour pickle!
     
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    Yep, fermentation. Those are the best kind of pickles, IMO! :) That's how my kombucha fizzes too.
     
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    Carol Dee

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    so they are O.k. ?
     
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    I believe so. You might ask Hoodat particularly. I remember reading that he makes fermented pickles. Rotteness would be smelled and tasted if they were bad, and mold would grow on top. A ferment will build up carbonation from the natural yeasts, which explains the pop and fizz if they were tightly sealed.
     
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    Carol Dee

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    Thanks Journey. Yep, the seal was good. They smell o.k. he said they taste fine. No mold. etc... I am not very brave. :hide I figure to be safe I would ask. You are all so helpful :)
     

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