My pickles always turn mushy. What am I doing wrong?
By Nani from IA
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.
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.
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.
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
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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