This was a very dangerous thing to do I know, having propane and
oxygen near by.
It feels dumb, yes, but was likely not dangerous. The crock pots
have thermostats that keep them from overheating. The solution may
boil dry, but that doesn’t mean the crock pot is a fire danger. (I’m
assuming you’re using one with a U.L. label…
Now that I will have to change my pickle solution
Boiling the pickle dry doesn’t change the chemistry, nor ruin it.
Some degredation may occur, so you may have some brownish
discoloration, but you’ll find if you just add water again, and heat
it up so it re-dissolves, you’re pickle will still be working fine.
It might not look quite so pristene, but it will work. If you insist
on tossing it and starting fresh (which you can do if you like), then
you can dispose of it the same way you’d get rid of it were it merely
old used up pickle. I’d suggest simply flushing it down the toilet,
(several flushes, so it’s fully rinsed from the house’s plumbing,
and fully diluted too. Sodium bisulphate itself (the main
chemical),in small quantities (a quart of pickle, which is a dilute
solution, isn’t a lot), when further diluted a lot (like adding
several flush tanks of water), is safe and acceptable for the vast
majority of municipal sewer systems. If you’re unsure though, or are
on a septic tank system, then call local waste disposal authorities
to find out how to dispose of it. If the pickle has large amounts of
dissolved copper (it’s a nice blue color), then you may also need to
inquire as to how to dispose of it. Same thing if you’ve not
dissolved and diluted it, though I’d guess that most of the time,
bagging up the dry chemical and disposing in the trash would usually
be OK (but ask).