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Old March 5, 2019   #6
Ozark
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Yes, the cukes are crisp and crunchy fresh from the garden.

For pickling, it made a huge improvement in my cucumber pickles when I learned to add a small amount of food grade CALCIUM CHLORIDE to the brine in each jar before sealing.

1/8 tsp. to a pint jar, 1/4 tsp. to a quart jar. Calcium chloride is sold as "pickle crisp" for that purpose, but it's available much cheaper generically from home winemaking / brewing supply shops. No more soft pickles!
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