Why Are My Pickles Mushy?

My pickles always turn mushy. What am I doing wrong?

By Nani from IA

March 14, 20110 found this helpful

I avoid this by adding more salt to the brine solution and not cooking them as long. You can also cold pack them but then they need to always be refrigerated.

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

It may be the recipe you are using. Are you making dill or sweet pickles? I finally found a recipe after years of searching, that results in crunchy dill chips. And it is easy. If that's what you are looking for, I will post the recipe.

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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

I finally found a way. I wash my pickles then put them in ice water. (ICE) Luckily I have a commercial ice machine so I have ice at all times. I soak them in the iced water at least 24 hours in the refrigerator. I have an extra fridge in the garage so room is no problem. Usually I soak mine for 2 days. Then follow the directions and water bath can. I use Mrs. Wages dill pickles mix or other of their mixes. Never have a mushy pickle now.

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Nani, from what I have read in my many cookbooks is that if you use cheap vinegar, things will go wrong also if the things your pickling are a bit old. I put cucumbers straight into the jars after salting them down overnight, put water and sugar vinegar and spices in a saucepan ,warm through till sugar is dissolved. Cool, then pour over vegs. good luck. gailk

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March 20, 20110 found this helpful

Grannysouth, please post your recipe. I would love it. Also This happens to all of my pickles, dill, sweet, bread and butter, all. I use Heinz vinegar so don't think its 'cheap' vinegar and my mother used these recipes all her life without mushy pickles so recipe shouldn't be the problem.

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