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    Default Pickle problem.....in a pickle!

    Made up a new bowl of safety pickle. For the second time in a row it goes all cloudy when I pickle anything. Makes very difficult to find little bits and pieces! Have used same make of safety pickle for a couple of years. Clear as a bell till I put objects in it. I also swear it isnít as effective as it used to be....same batch Vitex from Cooksons. Any ideas? Could the ceramic liner of my slow cooker have become denatured or something?

    Just a thought......it appears to me that the pickle is getting hotter than it used to. This slow cooker doesnít have an alterable thermostat so I usually heat it for 20 mins before using it to pickle for up to 30 mins. If itís limiter has gone AWOL then that would account for the temp appearing hotter. (Havenít got a suitable thermometer to test it with) If you think the heat might be the culprit what would you recommend me to replace the pot with. Cooksons a a wee bit expensive......


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    If it’s hot and not working then it sounds like the pickle.
    I prefer alum crystals. Alum is widely available from amazon as a foodstuff but don’t get the powder as it definitely doesn’t dissolve or work. Strangely my chemist couldn’t even find alum crystals in his book and had never heard of it. All those years of learning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ57 View Post
    If itís hot and not working then it sounds like the pickle.
    I prefer alum crystals. Alum is widely available from amazon as a foodstuff but donít get the powder as it definitely doesnít dissolve or work. Strangely my chemist couldnít even find alum crystals in his book and had never heard of it. All those years of learning!
    Thanks will bear that in mind....but see my addendum!


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    It’s not that heat specific tbh, it only needs to be at least warm and shouldn’t need 20 mins. I don't think I’ve ever left it in for more than 10 unless I’ve forgotten andusually less if it’s clean.
    You could just switch it off again once it’s warm unless you need it on constantly because you’re doing a lot of soldering all day.
    I bought a £20 mini crock from a shopping channel years ago but you can get them anywhere. It has 3 settings on auto and hot. If the lid starts to clatter I know it either needs to be turned off or down!
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    With mine, I put it on the hot setting for 20 mins, then the keep warm setting. Like Caroline, if my lid rattles, I know I've left it on hot for too long. Could you try some in a bowl, sat within the pickle pot, to see if the problem is the pot? I had a prob. with my old one and just bought a new one from Tesco for about £20.
    Jules

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    If you have small bits and pieces to pickle, immerse them using a plastic tea strainer, but let them cool first. Dennis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ57 View Post
    If it’s hot and not working then it sounds like the pickle.
    I prefer alum crystals. Alum is widely available from amazon as a foodstuff but don’t get the powder as it definitely doesn’t dissolve or work. Strangely my chemist couldn’t even find alum crystals in his book and had never heard of it. All those years of learning!
    Ah! thanks for that titbit of information! My alum is the powder, maybe that's why my pickling seems to be hard going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheen View Post
    Ah! thanks for that titbit of information! My alum is the powder, maybe that's why my pickling seems to be hard going.
    I’ve got into a pickle excuse the pun with the various alums on sale from Amazon. Some have worked really well and then one came as a creamy powder, didn’t dissolve and just didn’t seem to work. Back in the day before internet I bought it as crystal and it worked without issue. It’s just trying to buy the right one

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ57 View Post
    I’ve got into a pickle excuse the pun with the various alums on sale from Amazon. Some have worked really well and then one came as a creamy powder, didn’t dissolve and just didn’t seem to work. Back in the day before internet I bought it as crystal and it worked without issue. It’s just trying to buy the right one
    Ebay seems to have more crystal options i think.

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    I usually get my pickle from George Weill, but have recently found this site https://www.inoxia.co.uk/Basket/Index which is cheaper.

    Hope that helps. xx
    Jules

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