Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Pickle Project: Day 9 - Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz

Today was the first day I had to deal with the pickles on my own and it was time to add the alum, which my mother says is the ingredient that makes the pickles crispy.  No big deal, I thought.  Same process with one different ingredient.  So why did I freak out when the alum starting bubbling like crazy in the pot of boiling water?

I frantically called my mom, who told me she usually adds the alum to the water BEFORE she brings the pot to a boil.  Live and learn.

Another note of interest:  The pickles themselves bubbled once I added the alum water to the crock!
Pickles bubbling in the alum water, Day 10, July 7, 2010.