Should jars used for pickles be sterilized?
Whenever the processing time for pickles is less than 10 minutes it is a good idea to sterilize jars. If the processing time is 10 minutes or longer, the jars do not need to be sterilized. Just make sure they are clean and hot when pickles are added.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009