Why canned cucumbers get soft: there are many reasons why
Some time after canning, you may notice that the cucumbers in the jar lose their elasticity. That is, they become soft. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. The FoodOboz editorial team will help you identify them.
Why canned cucumbers become soft
1. The canning container and the cucumbers themselves are poorly washed.
2. Air ingress through a poorly sealed jar.
3. Softening of pickles in jars is the result of pectolytic enzymes. Most often, softening occurs in large containers. The cucumbers located in the lower part are pressed down by the upper layers and become soft after a while.
4. Also, cucumbers become soft due to insufficient salt. As a result, the brine can resemble mucus (a product of foreign microflora), and the cucumbers themselves can become unpleasantly soft. The larger the cucumbers, the saltier the brine should be.
5. If the cucumbers are not tightly packed in the jar, they will also quickly become soft.
6. Poor storage technology can also lead to spoilage of cucumbers. The optimal storage temperature is from 0 to +3 C (up to six months). At room temperature, preservation will not spoil for 1 month.
7. You need to choose the right vegetables for canning. The best option is small or medium-sized cucumbers with small seed chambers, underdeveloped seeds, dense, elastic flesh and a sugar content of at least 2% (sugar is necessary for the formation of lactic acid). Overripe, yellowed overgrowths are not suitable for preservation. Large cucumbers are best used for other purposes.
8. Fresh cucumbers that have been picked during the day will keep best.
9. If the brine is low in spices, the fruit will also quickly become soft. It is necessary to put black currant leaves, garlic cloves, horseradish leaves, etc. Some of these components have bactericidal properties and inhibit the development of harmful microflora.