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Electricity went off during pickling -- what to do?

Posted by owiebrain 5 MO (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 23:38

I was on my fourth & last batch of pickles tonight and had just put them in the boiling water canner when the power went off. I pulled the rack of jars out but they sealed shut. I know I have to reprocess them but I'm unsure of the details of that. Do I just run them as is back through the water bath? Or do I unseal and relid them all? Or?

Thanks so much for the help, especially if someone sees this yet tonight! :-)


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RE: Electricity went off during pickling -- what to do?

Assuming it was a safe pickling recipe to begin and with an approved ratio of vinegar to water then you can just re-process them. New lids would be required and even reheating and re-jarring them if it wasn't a highly acidic food.

In this case I would remove the rings and lids and reset them to clear the vacuum and just BWB process the jars.

What you have a fake vacuum seal so processing is still required.


RE: Electricity went off during pickling -- what to do?

Thanks, Dave. That's exactly what I ended up doing. After the initial panic, common sense came back. ;-)

Yes, it was an approved recipe so we should be good to go.

Thanks again!


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