Effervescing pickles- are they safe to eat?

Asked October 22, 2015, 6:58 PM EDT

I did dill pickles this past August, with heated brine and did not waterbath them. When we opened a jar last night the brine is effervescent, bubbling looks like champagne. The pickles look great. Are they safe to eat? Do you have a theory as to the cause? Thank you

Clackamas County Oregon food safety home food preservation

1 Response

Good Morning,

Thank you for your important question. I'm concerned about the bubbles, and would recommend not eating the pickles. Bubbling, spirting, off-color or off-smell means the possibility of bacteria or other pathogens.

The pickles may have spoiled because they were not water bathed. They could have also spoiled if the brine did not have enough vinegar in it (at least 1 part vinegar to 1 part water). Here is a link to our pickles publication that gives recipes and water bath instructions.
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/sites/default/files/documents/pnw_355_picklingvegetables.pdf

Best wishes,
Tonya