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Oct 16, 2006 07:40 PM

Pickling Mixed Vegetables in a Ziploc Bag

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.