Only two lids sealed...! Re-process pickles?

What has been your worst canning disaster?

  • Jars that didn't seal

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  • Jars that exploded

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • Jars that exploded and left a mess on the ceiling

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • What is that pet hair/chicken feather doing in my chutney?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The preserve was so good I ate too much to have any left for putting up

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • Other...please share, funny things *do* happen in the kitchen.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    2

NightingaleJen

Songster
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May 25, 2011
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Right off the bat, it seems important to note I've been canning since I was a teenager (let's just say I'm experienced here), and while one or two jars not sealing is no big deal and even expected, yesterday only two out of EIGHT lids on some zucchini pickles sealed! This *is* a first. :(

I've thrown the unsealed jars into the fridge for now, but if I re-heat the pickle (original recipe was cooked for ten minutes) and re-process with new lids in newly sterilized jars (another ten minutes), will we be safe? Or should I just start handing out jars of pickles to the neighbors?

At any rate, I'm glad they're just manageable half-pints. ;)
 

sylviethecochin

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Jun 14, 2017
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Sounds like time for refrigerator pickles to me, especially if they're sliced cucumbers. Carrot and bean pickles aren't too bad if cooked twice, and you might be able to do it with gherkins, but my cukes always get mushy. Safe, I'm sure, but not palatable.

Are you using those fancy reusable lids? Those are the worst for sealing.

EDT: Substitute "squash" for cucumbers, please. I have no idea what my fingers were thinking.

EDT2: And the worst disaster was when I bought cheap pectin, and eight batches (64 pints) of blackberry jelly did not set up. I mean, the occasional exploding jar is nasty, but it doesn't invalidate twenty-odd hours of berry picking and standing over a hot stove.
 

NightingaleJen

Songster
8 Years
May 25, 2011
140
231
226
From Motown to Rural Ohio
Yes, @sylviethecochin, I'm not too excited about the mush factor either.

These are brand new (purchased Friday night...my exciting life! ;D), plain old Ball canning lids. Thanks for the alert on the resealables...I've eyeballed them more than once.

What a shame about your jelly! Oh, jelly is such a labour of love and to not have it gel...I suppose you could always call it blackberry sauce, but when one is expecting a beautiful jelly, that's a sad day. And...SIXTY-FOUR pints?! Oh my goodness. I might have cried a little.
 
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