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Are there disadvantages to plastic containers for pickling? [moved from PNW board]

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Are there disadvantages to plastic containers for pickling? [moved from PNW board]

eeejo | Mar 21, 2009 01:42 PM

[NOTE: We've moved this digression from a discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/12949 -- THE CHOWHOUND TEAM]

As a side topic, are there significant disadvantages to using plastic buckets and/or food svc containers for pickling? I'm looking to add house-pickled cukes and dilly beans to the menu at our small restaurant, so beautiful stoneware crocks and glass jars aren't really feasible. Evergreengirl mentioned off-gassing. What's that mean? (Obviously, I'm a novice pickler)

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