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Bread and Butter Pickles

Posted by skeip 4b / 5a WI (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 13, 11 at 19:25

Did 6 pints last night. Packed the jars with sliced cukes as tightly as I could. Topped with boiling brine and BWB for 10 minutes. When I removed them from the BWB the bottom quarter of each jar was devoid of pickles, they had all floated to the top. I understand that the cukes are going to shrink as they cook, and I packed the jars as tightly as I could, but there seems to be so much empty space!! Any tips from you experienced canners? TYIA.

Steve


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RE: Bread and Butter Pickles

Do you mean you packed the slices raw? Don't know of a recipe that calls for raw pack.

If you added them to the hot brine and reheat to boiling per the BBB/NCHFP instructions then they don't usually float much and pack better as the heating forces the air out of the cukes.

Dave


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RE: Bread and Butter Pickles

Mrs wages is raw pack


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RE: Bread and Butter Pickles

If Mrs. Wages is raw pack then floating is inevitable. With time a lot of the slices will sink.

Carol


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RE: Bread and Butter Pickles

  • Posted by skeip 4b / 5a WI (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 14, 11 at 12:50

It was Mrs. Wages, and they seem to have come down some as of this morning. Thanks for the input.

Steve


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