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HELP! First time pickling

Posted by slickpickle none (My Page) on
Wed, May 25, 11 at 7:29

I've started some pickles using the recipe posted by linda_lou in this thread:

Since I have no access to fresh dill, I had to use dried dill weed and dill seeds for the recipe. My concern is with the dried dill weed. I have something holding the cukes down under the brine and had layered all of the ingredients below them, but nearly all of the weed has floated to the top of the container. Is this a problem? Will it cause flavor issues or spoilage? How will i go about removing scum if this is normal?

Thanks much :)

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RE: HELP! First time pickling

It may not have enough dill flavor for you. You would have to skim off the dill weed along with any scum.
My suggestion is to wait until they are fermented, then taste one. If it needs more dill, then add the dill before you process them.

RE: HELP! First time pickling

It's not going to cause spoilage. Whether the pickles will be sufficiently "dilly" depends on how much you used and whether the final result suits your taste. However, you can always add additional dill to the jars if you want more of a flavor boost.

Scum is normal though whether you get scum or not depends on factors like temperature. Warmer temperatures are more likely to foster scum. You just skim it off with a sterile spoon or ladle. If you lose some of the dill in the process, so be it. Scum is not that worrisome as long as it's only scum and not mold and is removed regularly.


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