Don’t freeze your pickles!

CucumbersI received an interesting question from a blog reader yesterday about freezing pickles after processing.

Margaret wrote in and asked: “Can the quick-process bread/butter mix pickles be frozen after the 24 hr. cooling process?”

Here’s something to keep in mind – pickles don’t freeze well. In fact, they’ll turn to mush. They do keep well in the refrigerator, though.

Doing a little research online, you’ll find out that cucumbers are about 90% water – so when you freeze them, you wind up rupturing cell membranes and making the texture of the pickle mushy.

Thanks for asking and “Happy Canning”!

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