What kind of containers should I use for brining pickles?
For brining or fermenting food use a stone crock. Food-grade plastic and glass containers or an unchipped enamel-lined pan can also be used. Non-food-grade plastic containers can be used if lined with a clean food-grade plastic bag. Caution: Be sure that food contacts only food-grade plastic. Do not use trash bags or trash cans. Toxic compounds can migrate from these containers into the food. Large food-grade plastic containers are sometimes available at wine making supply stores and from fast food establishments. Do not use stainless steel pans for brining or fermenting food. Pitting will occur over time. It is due to the salt, not the vinegar, in the brining solution.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009