Pickled Beans- floating, and wrinkling need expert advise.
I have now made 4 batches of hot pickled beans this season. Two sets in quart jars, 2 sets in pint jars.
Problem is they are floating to the top of the jars, and some have a wrinkly appearance. This morning I made a batch and forgot the pickled salt that is to be added to the water/vinegar solution. The beans where beautiful and didn't float at all. Can anybody tell me if the salt is essential. The recipe I use calls for 1/4 cup pickling salt, 2 1/2 cups vinegar, 2 1/2 cup water- and I now have done batches with 1/2" headspace, and 1/4 headspace. I pack the jars plenty tight so I just can't figure why they look this way. After forgetting the salt I wonder If I can use this method always or less salt and will get the better results. Please somebody tell me if the salt is essential, and if so why are my beans floating and wrinkly. I have seen them made and sold by others and they look great.
Thank you for any help ! Jen