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I accidentally limed my pickles in an aluminum pan. Will they be safe to eat?

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Aluminum is not recommended for use with lime because the lime can "pit" the container, increasing the aluminum content of the finished product. This is not a procedure that you would want to do each time you made pickles and then use the product. However, one batch of pickles should not cause health problems. If the container, however, is badly pitted, the best option would be to discard the product Source: Original FAQ posted at

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