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Why do home canned pickles lose their crunchy texture?
There are several factors that may cause a soft pickle: using a vinegar with an acidity level that is less than 5%; pickles were not processed or not processed long enough in a boiling-water canner to destroy spoilage microorganisms; variety of cucumber used; brine was too weak when fermenting cucumbers; cucumbers were not completely covered with brine while fermenting; cucumbers were not completely covered with liquid when packed in the jar; scum was not removed from top of brine while fermenting; improper storage or handling of cucumbers before pickling. For detailed information on proper processing procedures, see Step-by-Step. Source: Original FAQ posted at http://www.homecanning.com/usa/alfaq.asp