There is sediment in the bottom of my jars of pickles. Are they safe to eat?
If the pickles are firm, the sediment is not unnatural and the pickles are safe to eat. The sediment could be caused by harmless yeast growth or by impurities in the salt. The use of pure pickling or canning salt is recommended. If, however, the pickles are soft, spoilage has occurred. Do not eat the pickles.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009