I like the taste of these pickles but have had ongoing problems with getting them to seal and then stay sealed. The first batch, I loaded all the jars and then poured in boiling vinegar mixture. No jars sealed so I put them in a water bath 10 min. and they all sealed and stayed sealed for the whole year. They were very good and still crunchy. Tried another batch, seeing if I could get the vinegar mixture hotter, etc. and still the same results.
This year, after reading other reviews, I kept the jars hot in the dishwasher, filled them with cukes one at a time and filled one at a time with vinegar left boiling on the stove, putting each cover on right away. They all sealed. I was relieved. Then, a few days later, I heard one of them pop. I looked and all the jars were cloudy with bacteria and had unsealed. I had been extremely careful washing, sterilizing, etc.
I would definitely recommend just biting the bullet and sealing them with a water bath. After what happened to my latest batch without doing that, I question whether it's safe to do them without it. I think they still stay crunch enough doing this.
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I like the taste of these pickles but have had ongoing problems with getting them to seal and...