I'd rather have safe pickles than Perfectly Period Pickles.

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. 
~Jacob A. Riis

> Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:22:10 -0500
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] pickles
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Thank you for the safely reminder. I have heard horror stories of people making and sharing/serving food prepared in period fashion and apparently not following modern food safely and sanitation procedures in favor of being period. I prefer not to have my own personal tales to tell. And I love pickles.
> Gwendolyn
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> On Jul 21, 2013, at 11:05 AM, Ségnat ingen Fháeláin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Fermentation is supposed to occur in an anaerobic environment. When you use
> > a method that might allow oxygen into the mix, other bacteria can occur
> > that are really unhealthy. In the past they used oil or sometimes made
> > a paste of flour and water and sealed the tops of the ferments that way,
> > too. If you look in lot of the old still room books there are instructions
> > on how to do it.
> >
> > I know that this isn't a period practice and it might be frowned upon but
> > they make fermentation jars for such things now that use jars that seal
> > tightly and brewers airlocks. While I am all about learning how they did
> > things in period, a lot of people died from exposure to foodborn bacteria
> > in the Middle Ages. Maybe in this case, using the more modern method to
> > make your period ingredient, would be prudent. You could use all the same
> > ingredients and just put them in one of these jars.
> >
> > I made jars that resemble the Pickl-it jars they sell online by getting
> > ahold of some of the fido canning jars and drilling 1/2 inch holes in the
> > lids and putting a rubber grommet in the hole to insert the airlock into.
> >
> >
> > I have pickled key limes and lemons and they are amazing. I am sure they
> > would last for a very long time, if we didn't like them so much. I just
> > like to be safe.
> >
> > YIS
> >
> > Ségnat
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Historical Recreation in the Kingdom of Calontir
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stefan li Rous
> > Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2013 1:18 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] pickles
> >
> > Okay, more on this technique, at least for lemons. I was considering these
> > dried or salted, so didn't think of this file. but I guess you could
> > consider them pickled.
> > presrvd-lemons-msg(45K) 10/29/11 Dried, pickled and salted preserved lemons.
> > http://www.florilegium.org/files/FOOD-FRUITS/presrvd-lemons-msg.html
> >
> > ****