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Author Topic: Glass vs plastic container for pickles  (Read 10551 times)
dianasgarden
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« on: July 30, 2008, 06:41:40 PM »

Hi there,

Now that I'm happily drowning in cucumbers (Thank you, Earthbox!), I've been making, and enjoying, refrigerator cucumbers. I'm just confused about containers for making pickles, as well as containers for storing them.

I note that all the major brands of pickles sell them in glass containers. Why is that? Would a plastic container leech chemicals into the pickles?

On the other hand, the deli section of the grocery store sells pickles in plastic containers. And some people have posted that they make their pickles by putting all the ingredients in Ziploc-type plastic bags.

So, is there anything wrong with putting pickles in plastic containers, rather than glass, either during the pickling process, or for storage in the refrigerator?

Thanks!

Diana
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TNcheech
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2008, 08:11:08 AM »

Hi Diana!  I don't know anything technical about plastic vs. glass pickle containers.  But, I have plenty of glass canning jars in which to put refrigerator pickles and I use those.  I believe that glass keeps flavors/odors in the jar and out of the fridge and doesn't allow fridge odors/flavors into the pickles.  Hope this helps.   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2008, 08:26:40 AM »

Hi there,

Now that I'm happily drowning in cucumbers (Thank you, Earthbox!), I've been making, and enjoying, refrigerator cucumbers. I'm just confused about containers for making pickles, as well as containers for storing them.

I note that all the major brands of pickles sell them in glass containers. Why is that? Would a plastic container leech chemicals into the pickles?

On the other hand, the deli section of the grocery store sells pickles in plastic containers. And some people have posted that they make their pickles by putting all the ingredients in Ziploc-type plastic bags.

So, is there anything wrong with putting pickles in plastic containers, rather than glass, either during the pickling process, or for storage in the refrigerator?

Thanks!

Diana

Diana I found this information from Clemson re: glass/plastic on pickles.

http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/hgic3380.htm

Hope it helps..
Pat
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mjb8743
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2008, 02:19:46 PM »


 I'm just confused about containers for making pickles, as well as containers for storing them.

So, is there anything wrong with putting pickles in plastic containers, rather than glass, either during the pickling process, or for storage in the refrigerator?

Diana I found this information from Clemson re: glass/plastic on pickles.

http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/hgic3380.htm

Hope it helps..
Pat

In a nutshell, for convenience, the answer is:

"Pickles and sauerkraut can be fermented in large stoneware crocks, large glass jars or food-grade plastic containers. If you are not sure whether a plastic container is safe for food, read its label or contact its manufacturer. Another option is to line the questionable container with several thicknesses of food-grade plastic bags. Do not use aluminum, copper, brass, galvanized or iron containers for fermenting pickles or sauerkraut."

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