What should I do if my pickles come unsealed within hours after processing?
If a lid fails to seal, refrigerate and use the product immediately. Pickles may be reprocessed within 24 hours of the initial processing, however quality will be poor. To reprocess: check the jar sealing surface for tiny nicks. If necessary, change the jar, add a new, properly prepared lid and reprocess using the same processing time.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009