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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 7/2/2016, 8:18 pm

I just water bath canned dill pickle spears in pint jars using a Ball pickle mix. This is only my 2nd attempt, the last being 2 years ago.
It was a success as we've eaten them all and are still here to tell about it Smile
It's nearly like I am starting for the first time again. I have to admit I was pretty anxious about it.
To the very best of my ability I followed the instructions exactly. I did remove any air bubbles before sealing and processing.
I don't recall if I experienced the questions below last time.

Questions:
1.There were a lot of air bubbles escaping from some of the jars as they processed. Why? Is it normal?

2. After moving the jars to their resting place to cool, I noticed some air bubbles moving to the top. Should I be concerned?
The jars sealed quickly as I heard the pinging only minutes after setting them aside.

3. A few of the spears floated to the top of a couple of the jars and so the very tops are not immersed entirely in liquid. Is that okay?

I looked all over the net for answers and most troubleshooting info seems pretty vague to me. Thanks

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Re: Canning experts please - I need some advice

Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/3/2016, 8:45 am

@FeedMeSeeMore wrote:I just water bath canned dill pickle spears in pint jars using a Ball pickle mix. This is only my 2nd attempt, the last being 2 years ago.
It was a success as we've eaten them all and are still here to tell about it Smile
It's nearly like I am starting for the first time again. I have to admit I was pretty anxious about it.
To the very best of my ability I followed the instructions exactly. I did remove any air bubbles before sealing and processing.
I don't recall if I experienced the questions below last time.

Questions:
1.There were a lot of air bubbles escaping from some of the jars as they processed. Why? Is it normal?

2. After moving the jars to their resting place to cool, I noticed some air bubbles moving to the top. Should I be concerned?
The jars sealed quickly as I heard the pinging only minutes after setting them aside.

3. A few of the spears floated to the top of a couple of the jars and so the very tops are not immersed entirely in liquid. Is that okay?

I looked all over the net for answers and most troubleshooting info seems pretty vague to me. Thanks


Everything's fine. Yes, that is all normal.

Even though you've gotten all of the big air bubbles out of the jar, there's still O2 in the water. The boiling forces more of that air out.

Dontcha just love that "ping?" :-)

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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on 7/3/2016, 10:24 am

Thank you! My mind is at ease now Smile

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/4/2016, 7:03 am

:-) Glad to help!!

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