canning pickles questions
Hi all. I made my first batch of pickles last night. I am a bit nervous about it.
I used this recipe http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/recipe/canning-dill-pickles/
In one jar I added a little pickling spice mix the rest just what was listed.
And followed these instructions
Things seem ok so far. The sides of the jars have salt residue but i think the lids are properly sealed.
In the above instructions it says you can remove the rings or you should at least loosen. I did not do this last night. Should I do it now? Does loosening the lids ever break the seal?
Also re storing. I plan on putting them in the basement but worry about critters climbing all over the jars . Can i put the jars inside plastic bins with lids?