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Pickling Mixed Vegetables in a Ziploc Bag

Dave Feldman Oct 16, 2006 07:40 PM

A friend is trying to do this (to make nachos with pickled vegetables and chorizo)and is worried about whether the plastic can withstand the acidity, both from a safety and convenience point-of-view. He is used pickling in a glass jar.

My motivation for posting this is anything but altruistic. I will be one of the beneficiaries of the results! Thanks for any feedback.

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    Kelli2006 Oct 16, 2006 07:52 PM

    Dave, I don't see that it would be a problem, as long as your friend cools the pickling liquid to a reasonable temperature(under 100F) before he places it in the Ziploc bag.
    Personally, I would use a plastic (Rubbermaid or similar) container to store the bag in when he puts them in the refrigerator, just in case the bag leaks.

    If he doesn't have a plastic container, I would strongly suggest he double-bags the pickles.

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      mshpook Oct 17, 2006 01:47 AM

      did this many years ago and the bag leaked. can't be sure but i always thought it was the jalapenos that caused this. i would stick to a glass jar.

      1. toodie jane Oct 17, 2006 02:26 PM

        call the 1-800# on the box to talk with an expert at Dow. They know all the recommended applications for the bag use. They told me NOT to use them as boilng bags.

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          Hungry Celeste Oct 17, 2006 02:54 PM

          My gut says no. Why not use a glass bowl instead? You can put a plate on top if you need to submerge veggies that tend to float. PS...big pyrex bowls are dirt cheap at the big-box stores.

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            olivergail Oct 17, 2006 04:52 PM

            Personally, I shy away from using plastic bags or containers for marinating and storing foods containing acidic ingredients. Plastics do leach into foods and I would assume that the vinegar used in making pickles would have an effect.

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