Pearl Sutton wrote:They are basically a bread and butter pickle variant, less sugar than most B&B pickles I have had recently (they seem to be nothing but syrup to me :P) and spiced really nicely!
Mk Neal wrote:Pearl, in Estonia they make a winter squash pickle that is raw diced squash with light syrup of vinegar, sugar, and cloves. Tasty and refreshing.
Yup. I can see that. It IS hazardous. Eggplant isn't.
In the past, pickling lime was used to ensure firm, crunchy pickles. Today, pickling lime is used less often due to dangers that arise from improper use of the powder.
Oooh, alum! I have that!
The purpose of food-grade lime is to preserve the pickles' firmness, and a similar firming agent, alum, is sometimes used instead of lime in some pickling recipes.
And that's where you get the botulism I have seen mentioned also. Se if you do this, RINSE IT OFF VERY WELL!!
Because the Lime is alkaline, you have to get rid of it all, or it would neutralize the acidity that you are going to use to preserve the pickles with. People haven't always rinsed it thoroughly, though, leaving some alkalinity and raising the pH of the pickling batch by neutralizing the acidity.
Jay Angler wrote:@ Pearl Sutton - I'm now confused. Are you going to try to use the eggplant to temporarily make the squash more alkaline? If that's what you mean, it doesn't matter *what* you use to make the target veggie more alkaline - if you don't wash it off well, it will still neutralize the acidity of the recipe, and that will still raise the risk of botulism. You either have to get rid of the alkaline material before canning, or increase the acid - more vinegar, or some recipes call for adding lemon or lime juice, to get the same level of protection. (This is from *very* old chemistry class and hopefully a *real* chemist will come along and make this make sense to me.)
Alternatively, my potentially faulty logic would suggest not just rinsing in water, but consider a second rinse in water with vinegar added? (Repeat brackets from above - Chemists, please come and help!)