Do you use alum or pickle crisp for your sliced pickles? I have been using alum and afterCanned some pickles with dill that keeps growing from 2012 lol... and picked one Jalapeño to spice them up a little.
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being in the jar for a couple months the sliced or quartered pickles become really soft. Just use a boiled brine and boiled lid with a cleaned jar. Rarely have a jar that doesnt seal. Going to try pickle crisp and see what happens. And I like to add a jalapeño for a little bite in mine too.