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Pickling basics

Quick facts

  • Only use food-grade 5% acidity vinegar for home canning. 
  • Don't use homemade vinegar when you make pickles because the acetic acid content is unknown and variable. 
  • Don’t use vinegars that have very high acidity (10-75%) such as cleaning or agricultural vinegars for any food processing. These vinegars may contain solvents and other components that make them unsafe for use in food.
  • Learn more about vinegar.

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Reviewed in 2023

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