You asked about mixing pickle. Exact measurement is not critical.
Just add pickle to warm water until it will not dissolve any more (a
saturated solution), but a weaker solution also works. It just takes
longer. The same applies to citric acid, pH Down, or whatever
variety of Sodium bisulfate you are using. (I’ve not used any other
pickle.) Hot pickle works more quickly than room temperature pickle.
Your pickle pot will not explode. It will splatter if you drop a
very hot piece of metal in it, but that’s not exploding. If some
pickle gets on your clothing, it may cause some holes, so wear a
Keep asking questions and have fun, Judy in Kansas, where spring is
definitely in the air - I think I’ll bring in some forsythia and red
bud branches to force. Gorgeous!
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.