Another refrigerator pickle pickle
July 21, 2014 10:41 AM   Subscribe

I made a big batch of refrigerator pickles last night, and forgot to bring the brine back to a boil before pouring into the filled jars. The brine was warm-hot, but definitely not boiling. Today I have a bunch of cold vegetables that do not taste very pickle-y. Can I strain out the brine, re-boil it and try again in the same jars? Or have I ruined it?
posted by mefireader to Food & Drink (7 answers total)
don't worry about it.
posted by JPD at 10:46 AM on July 21, 2014

You could, but you could also just leave it in the fridge and give it time to diffuse.
posted by ssg at 10:47 AM on July 21, 2014

Yeah, re-boiling won't do a thing, but time will. Let the brine do its work --refrigerator pickles usually take a few days.
posted by neroli at 11:12 AM on July 21, 2014 [5 favorites]

Agreed, put it back in the fridge and don't open them until next week.
posted by advicepig at 11:49 AM on July 21, 2014

I always ignore refrigerator pickles for as long as I can stand it. Even things like onions, which are edible after a even 8 hours, are so much tastier after a couple weeks.
posted by rockindata at 12:13 PM on July 21, 2014

Agreeing with the above. Save yourself the trouble and just let them sit a little longer.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:57 PM on July 21, 2014

Response by poster: OK, these are all best answer -- I'm happy to report that things are very pickly now.
posted by mefireader at 1:24 PM on July 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

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