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10-19-2011, 4:10 PM
So I canned up 5 qts of Bread N Butter cucumbers today. Everything was great until the 2 hour mark when on cue all the pickles floated to the top. It look like the pickles shrunk and absorbed some of the water as well. I now have 1"+ headspace (more like 1.5") and the pickles are all floating in the air at the top.
I thought I had them packed in tight enough. There really wasn't any room for more when I packed them.
What did I do wrong? Can I just flip the jars over for the next 3 weeks once per day to keep them wet?
10-19-2011, 9:03 PM
wow...I have done pickles (always dill) about a dozen times and never had that happen..I am going to look in my canning books and try to find an answer.
10-20-2011, 10:47 AM
Did you use bottleneck jars? Because it's easily solved with bottleneck jars. The rule with big pickles is pack 'em TIGHTLY vertically, then continue to the top in a horizontal fashion. You might have to get a very narrow bottleneck since they're bread and butter. However, your pickles should be OK as long as it's sealed. The exposed pieces might be a little tougher, but they'll be ok if you flip 'em around and keep them wet.
My MIL canned some pickles and they did the same thing. shriveled some and went to the top. They are still delicious and I can easily make myself sick eating jars at a time.
She uses regular type mason jars. I'll mention bottle necks to her.
02-04-2012, 4:03 PM
Sorry for the necro...but I canned about 10 pints of dill pickles this afternoon and they all did the same thing. The headspace seems OK, but they are all floating.
I followed the Mrs. Wages instructions and heard all of the lids clink as they cooled. I am assuming they are good to go, but have never canned anything before. Maybe I need to pack them tighter before processing.
02-04-2012, 5:32 PM
Well now that you bumped this I can say on the second canning of pickles I packed them a lot tighter and cut some in half and packed the neck area. This double packing kept them from floating.
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