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Pickle problem?
June 20, 2012
10:36 pm
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justdeborah2002
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<~~~~First time making a new topic as well.  I had it lost in another topic, so perhaps I can find some help in here.

I am making ten day sweet pickles for the first time.  I am on day 4 where you rinse your cut cukes of the salt water, and let stand in filtered water for a day, repeating on the next two days. (I’m really hoping this makes sense to someone, anyone, out there).  

When I opened the pail of the salted water cukes to drain them, there was a small amount of scum on the edge of the water.  Is this okay?  Or are they not working, and I should dump them?  

Also, I used small cucumbers, they kind of look like miniature English cucumbers.  They aren’t all wart-y and bumpy like mini gherkins look.  Is that okay?  Or should I dump them?  At this point, the loss would be the cukes and some canning salt, no big deal, but I don’t want to keep going with these if they aren’t right, adding apple cidar vinegar, sugar, spices, etc, upping the dollar value if I have to chuck them.

Anyone out there can give any advice to a novice pickler??

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June 21, 2012
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I’m not familiar with this specific recipe, but a film scum on top isn’t that rare in my experience.  This is probably alright.  I’m not sure about the kind of cukes you used but they sound fine, I’ve used whatever I can find.

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June 21, 2012
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The scum thing is ok…I remember this happening when I made them (over 30 yrs ago).

I don’t know about the variety of cuke you have used. For canning I always use the bumpy kind when I made the sweet pickles that took days to make. I have used the burpless for bread and butter type.I don’t think they have quite the crunch as the little pickling type.

June 21, 2012
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keep on going – sounds fine – it’s an abbreviated fermenting process and the scum is similar to what you may see when making kraut.

By the way, speaking of gherkins – I tried Suzanne’s, made from the BBB recipe, while at the party last Saturday. WOW are they wonderful! On my must-make list for sure!

 

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June 21, 2012
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Thank you all for the replies….this is my last day of soaking them in refreshed water, so the responses came at just the right time.  

I will carry on, and hopefully will have some tasty sweet pickles in a few more days.

(And I do want to try Suzanne’s sweet gherkins, once I see the little guys at the farmer’s market)

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