Garlic turned grey in peppers?

jennieboyer(8)October 23, 2013

Hi - I canned banana peppers with a clove of garlic a while back. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but it was from one of the common approved sites (at least I'm pretty sure it was). The clove in each jar has turned a greyish color - is this natural? Thanks!


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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Did your recipe have vinegar in it too?

I pickle garlics in vinegar and age them like wine. As they age get grey and after 3 years they turn very dark brown, soft and sweet.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 8:14PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

Some garlic will turn "blue" (or gray-ish) in the jar. It's a normal enzymatic reaction and except for looking a bit odd is nothing to worry about.

It's unavoidable and just the luck of the draw.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 8:17PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, the recipe had vinegar - A LOT of it :-). Good to know it's normal. For newbies, it's hard to know what is or isn't OK. This site is a GREAT source of reliable information!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 8:41PM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

As Carol said, that pickled garlic clove is perfectly good. And wonderful minced into a pasta salad!


    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 9:01AM
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