Time Frame for Canning Quality?
We started canning last year to try something different for 4H and we didn't do so well. This year our kids did much better and we actually made some pickles that we enjoyed eating and they also did very well at the fair this week.
We made our pickles about 2 or 3 weeks prior to the fair, the recipies suggested 6 weeks before eating but I guess based on our results our time frame was sufficient.
If we made some pickles now for next years fair (51 weeks away) would we expect the pickles to look and taste the same as they would at two weeks? Basically I would like to know when taste and appearance should be at their height for canned goods and when they would start to decline.