So far, everyone I've given them to has eaten them pretty quickly. One friend was outraged when he found out that his wife had eaten the entire jar while he was at work. (In her defense, it was only a pint jar.) When I heard about his wife's pickle-hoarding, I was secretly pleased and gave my friend his own jar, not to be shared with anyone.
Today I want to give the pickles to someone I don't know very well. Someone who makes her own delicious pickles. So I figure I'd better properly can these. I followed my mother's directions... wash the jars in hot water and heat the lids in a pan of simmering water for 3 to 5 minutes. Put the pickles in the heated jars, heat the pickle juice to a simmer and pour over the pickles in the cleaned jars, stopping a half inch from the top. Add lids to the jars and screw on rings. Wait 30 minutes. You know jars are properly sealed when you hear a "ping".
I've been waiting over 30 minutes now and I was starting to give up hope when I got this e-mail from my mother.
My nine jars of tomatoes just pinged almost an hour after processing so don't give up on your pickles. MomI'm still waiting waiting for the ping, but I guess I'll just have to be patient a little while longer. I'll let you know what happens.
UPDATE: August 6, 2010 3:41 PM
Over an hour has passed and no "ping". Sigh...
UPDATE: August 6, 2010 4:10 PM
An hour and a half has passed. I think I heard one ping and one of the jars looks different from the rest. I opened one of the three remaining jars and it hadn't sealed.
UPDATE: August 6, 2010 9:30 PM
Alas, I only heard one ping today. I'll have to re-boil the syrup and start over again tomorrow.
UPDATE: August 7, 2010 6:46 AM
I woke up this morning and all the jars (except the one I opened in a fit of frustration) seem to have sealed. I guess my mother was right. Be patient.