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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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  1. 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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    1. re: NVJims

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

      1. re: SIMIHOUND

        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...)

    2. someone went to A-1 pickle company eh?

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      1. re: ns1

        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. Looks like a good time to make some pickle relish.

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        1. re: kitchengardengal

          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. 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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          1. re: Kajikit

            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.

            1. re: acgold7

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

          2. Wallys aka frickles: battered and deep fried pickles.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              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.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

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

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fried_pi...

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  Here's my most recent and best encounter with the beast.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8660...

                  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.

              2. 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.