How to Store Pickles
One of the main ideas behind pickling is to store them for future use. There are many ways to store pickles. It's just a matter of how and where you keep them, and how long you want them to keep for.
General Pickle Storage
Glass canning jars are often used for storing pickles. They are usually washed, sterilized, and wiped clean before the pickles are put into them. For pickles that are dunked in a salt-vinegar solution, it is advisable to have them ferment at room temperature and not be chilled in the fridge.
Dark, dry, cool, and clean places such as kitchen cupboards and drawers are convenient storage places where the jars can be safely stashed for several weeks or months. Also, the storage space's temperature influences the readiness of your pickles. Simply place it in the fridge to halt the fermentation process if they are ready to be eaten.
For longer storage periods, pickles should be preserved and processed in a canner. It should not be a pressure canner, but a boiling-water one. Boiling-water canners are ideal for canning foods that are high in acidity. Vinegar-based brined pickles can be stored in big canners that come with lids, racks, and bands or can also be processed in a large pot of boiling water.
Canning pickles is fairly easy to do. Simply pack the pickles into clean canning jars and fill the jars with the vinegar solution. Leave a half inch space at the top, dab the rims clean, and place the lids inside the bands and seal tightly. Place them in a boiling water bath for at least 10 minutes and up to 30, depending on the type of pickle. Take the jars out from the boiling bath and allow overnight to cool. The following day, make sure the lids have closed and sealed (the lid should curve downward), wipe the canning jars clean and dry, and store in a kitchen cabinet or pantry for several months or up to a year.
For pickles that will be stored for a shorter amount of time they can be placed directly in the refrigerator. The coldness from the fridge can also contributes to the firmness and crispness of a pickle.
It is also advisable to store most pickles in the refrigerator after they have been opened. Some lactic fermentation pickles are the exception to this and can be stored at room temperature.
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How to Store Pickles