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I'm in a real pickle.

SIMIHOUND Nov 9, 2013 12:09 PM

I bought 25 lbs of pickles two months ago and now they are turning mushy. The flavor itself is still fantastic so nothing has seemingly spoiled. I have kept them stored in my fridge sealed in the very vat the company supplied to me. What is going wrong?

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    NVJims RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 9, 2013 12:23 PM

    They are continuing to ferment. Time to start eating them and sharing with your friends. Next time don't buy so many at one time.

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      SIMIHOUND RE: NVJims Nov 9, 2013 01:34 PM

      I was afraid of that. I though they might last longer.

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        Karl S RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 9, 2013 01:55 PM

        Not if they are naturally fermenting, without preservatives or calcium chloride to maintain crispness. (Grape leaves are the pre-Industrial Age choices for the last point, but their tannins can make pickles more bitter, so getting the right balance is something of an art...)

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      ns1 RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 9, 2013 08:09 PM

      someone went to A-1 pickle company eh?

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        SIMIHOUND RE: ns1 Nov 10, 2013 08:00 AM

        Yes....Go ahead..Laugh at my expense. I feell like a Chowshmuck. Why do I get myself into these predicaments? And when I try to give them away only four pickles fit into the jar and nobody comes back for more.

      2. kitchengardengal RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 9, 2013 08:12 PM

        Looks like a good time to make some pickle relish.

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          Kate is always hungry RE: kitchengardengal Nov 11, 2013 09:07 PM

          If you're near the SF Valley, I'd take a bunch of pickles off your hands. Don't even need a jar. They wouldn't last that long! Sign me,
          Craving pickles in Sherman Oaks

        2. Kajikit RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 10, 2013 09:07 AM

          Fresh pickles gradually degrade and lose their texture with time... we've bought some right from the store that were nasty soggy things when they're usually crisp and delicious. Since they still taste good, are there any recipes you can use them in to transform the rest of the haul? Relish?

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            acgold7 RE: Kajikit Nov 10, 2013 03:15 PM

            Relish is about it, as far as I know. Chop coarsely or finely -- I use the Food Processor -- and cover with the brine. They keep virtually forever.

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              SIMIHOUND RE: acgold7 Nov 11, 2013 07:20 AM

              You are probably right everyone, relish it is. Thanks.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 13, 2013 11:20 AM

            Wallys aka frickles: battered and deep fried pickles.

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              INDIANRIVERFL RE: Melanie Wong Nov 13, 2013 11:28 AM

              For all the years I have enjoyed perusing your posts and learning from you MW, there just comes a time when even you can get it so wrong.

              Fried pickle is an assault upon the pickle gods.

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                ns1 RE: INDIANRIVERFL Nov 13, 2013 11:32 AM

                yet it's a common side in other parts of the country


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                  Melanie Wong RE: INDIANRIVERFL Nov 13, 2013 11:33 AM

                  Here's my most recent and best encounter with the beast.

                  A fried slice of pickle is far superior to using spears or whole pickles and made me a convert.

                  And given the choice of eating a mushy pickle or one repurposed this way, I vote for the frickle.

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                ns1 RE: SIMIHOUND Nov 13, 2013 11:26 AM

                btw OP - I also found A-1 pickle through CH and debated whether or not I should check it out. I had the same concerns you did, "HTF am I going to eat 25 pounds worth of pickles?"

                thx for taking one for the team LOL. We should get a chowhound groupbuy going next time.

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