Cucumbers stored in refrigerator

happyhelperAugust 4, 2011

I had lots of cucumbers but was not ready to can yet so I made up a batch using water, sugar and vinegar for the liquid. I sliced cucumbers and onion thinly and poured the juice over. My question is, how long can I keep them in the refrigerator before they spoil? I put them in canning jars with lids.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

How much vinegar and how much water? It is the ratio of vinegar to water that is important and determines how long they can store in the fridge.

Since you added onions it is especially important to have much more vinegar than water to store for any longer than a few days. And since you apparently didn't boil the brine there is nothing to kill the bacteria. Bacteria continue to grow in the fridge.

Why not check out some of the many approved recipes for making safe pickles?

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: NCHFP - Pickles

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 8:28PM
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happyhelper

Thanks for the advice. It was a ratio of 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup vinegar. It is just a receipe used for pickle salads. I can give them away to friends in the next couple days.
I will be canning later when I have enough time.

Helen

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 8:43PM
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happyhelper

Dave,
Also, thanks for the link to pickles. I think I will try the Bread and Butter pickles. I have had trouble with Dill Pickles, they always come out soft not crisp.
Helen

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 8:49PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Please don't gift these. The minimum safe ratio of vinegar to water is 1:1 - a minimum of 1 cup of vinegar for every cup of water. You have far, far too little vinegar in these.

It is your choice and your risk to take eating these but it honestly isn't fair to gift them to others. Just think how you'd feel if someone got sick. When it comes to gifting homemade foods it is best to stick with tested and approved recipes that are known to be safe.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 9:23PM
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happyhelper

Dave, your right. I don't want to get anyone sick. I've got plenty of pickles growing on the vines so I'll toss these out now.
Helen

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 7:51AM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

I wouldn't toss them at this point if you just did it yesterday.
Drain them, throw away the brine and make a correct brine.
Boil the brine and pour over the cukes.

Then you should be able to keep in the fridge for quite some time and enjoy them.

I agree with Dave completely about using tested recipes, but right now (less than 24 hours), they aren't any different than a marinated salad!
I have "issues" with wasting food! LOL

And I mean that as MY issues, no one else's!

Deanna

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 2:39PM
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