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Canning -- Pickled and Fermented Foods

Will pickles spoil if they are packed too tightly in a canning jar?

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Do not wedge cucumbers into a jar too tightly. This leaves very little space for the pickling solution. Adequate solution is necessary for flavor and safety. Pickles packed too tightly may spoil or be less crisp that properly packed pickles.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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