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I have a question about the recipe "Marinated Garden" from aargersi. Since this is a refrigerater pickle, do you have to sterilize the jars?

asked by Trena Heinrich almost 3 years ago
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Rebecca Vitale

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added almost 3 years ago

Hi Trena-- Sounds like aargersi only intended these to stay in fridge for max few weeks, in which case sterilizing seems unnecessary. How long were you wanting to keep them?

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks for responding Rebecca! I was only planning on keeping them for a week.

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Rebecca Vitale

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added almost 3 years ago

No problem! I defer to aargersi, of course. Good luck!

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sdebrango

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added almost 3 years ago

I agree with Rebecca, I make refrigerator pickles and jams all the time, I do sterilize my jars although it's probably not necessary. I only do that just in case I need to keep them longer than I anticipate. Purlly precautionary on my part.

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sdebrango

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added almost 3 years ago

I wish there were an edit button Purely not purly, LOL

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Suzanne! I make them frequently also and up until today I've always sterilized the jars, however the summer lazies prompted my question.

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added almost 3 years ago

Sterilizing is easy...just run the jars through the dishwasher. You would want any container to be at least that clean.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks dymnyno! I agree sterilizing jars in a dishwasher is easy, however I am not so lucky to have one.

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added almost 3 years ago

I think some canners just put the jars in the oven for a while at a temperature like 300 degrees and when cooled they are sterilized.

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added almost 3 years ago

if your only keeping them for a week or so you don't have to, although I would recommend that you do anyway, it's very easy preheat your oven to 225F rinse jars with hot water (make sure you have no cracks in the jars) dry jars and place directly on rack leave for minimum of 10 minutes for the lids soak in boiling water for about 5 minutes, let jars cool and dry lids. hope this helps

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks, Joe!