Pickle Problems? Shirley Has Answers.

CucumbersI get great questions about canning and, specifically, about pickles.  Susie wrote in the other day:

I process about 90lbs of dill pickles each summer.  I discovered Mrs Wages pickle mix a few years ago and love it!  I’ve tried several of the Wages mixes.
One in particular I’d like help with is the pickled mixed veggies.  I’ve tried twice and both times the carrots and cauliflower turn out so mushy!  I want them crisp like when you buy them in the store.  What am I doing wrong?
Also, when I have extra dill pickle brine, I put up several pints of dill carrot sticks. They are so yummy!!!
I look forward to hearing from you!

Here’s what I sent back to her via email:

I am sorry you have problems with the mixed pickles.  I wonder if you are processing them too long?

When processing in a boiling water bath canner, make sure the water in the canner is simmering before you add the prepared jars of food – that way they will not be in the canner longer than needed.  Here is a recipe from the National Center for Home Food Preservation…you may want to compare times with theirs: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/pickled_mixed_veg.html

Thank you for using Mrs. Wages products.


3 thoughts on “Pickle Problems? Shirley Has Answers.

  1. I got the Mrs. Wages dill pickle spice package. I don’t get that many cucumbers at one time. Is there a break down of the recipe to do small batches at a time? Thank you

    • You can go ahead and make up the recipe as the package directs and refrigerate extra brine. When you have more cukes, heat the brine to boiling and follow original directions.

  2. We cannot advise that you use only a portion of the Mrs. Wages® mix. The challenge would be dividing the mix so that each batch contains the right proportion of herbs and spices, not to mention the safety issue if making shelf-stable. Better yet, make the entire mix up and store the remainder in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze up to three months. Extra pickle brine can also be used for marinating your favorite meat or poultry item. The extras will be gone before you know it!

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