Hi Fellow Orchidians:
I thought I had found all the obvious ways to contaminate pickle:
(1) reaching in with steel tweezers,
(2) not getting all the steel wool off a piece before tossing it into
(3) forgetting to remove steel binding wire,
(4) using "community" pickle in a workshop/class with very new
metalsmiths who didn't know not to reach in with steel tweezers.
There are others I'm sure. But since there are Murphy's in my family
tree I have found a new way (at least for me).
I use a crock pot as my pickle pot. I specifically purchased a
particular crock pot that has a "warm" setting, not just "high" and
"low". Even on this "warm" temperature setting steam builds up and
forms on the underside of the lid. I never even thought to look but
the knob of the lid is screwed on with a steel screw. Needless to
say, it rusted and must have dripped into the pickle contaminating
I'm sure many with much more experience than me already knew this
about certain crock pots. I just wanted to save someone else the
aggrivation, if possible.
BTW, I used a waterproof glue to seal the screw so it won't happen