I bought a “Little Dipper” crock pot to put my “pickle” in to keep
itwarm. I only put in a little bit of water and just a little bit
of’Sparex No 2" because I was only doing a few pieces of
SterlingSilver Wire Headpins that I made. My question is this; how
long doesthis stuff last? Should I throw it out, or can I just leave
it in thecrock pot with the lid on it till I need it again. I don’t
meanmonths, but maybe a week or so. Will it still be okay to use
againand again? Hi Valerie,
I have used Sparex since '05.
Its good for a long time except when:
you use yellow ochre and don’t rinse with water before pickling(
good thru several forgettings but eventually forms a greasy residue).
you get it too hot just before boiling or boiling accidentally, and
yes you can boil in a crock pot.
or if you put ferrous metals in it too often ( turns dark blue and
is no good)
Also since I wasn’t making a couple of gallons at a time I stored
the remai= nder in an air tight container for close to eight months;
a little discoloration (even air tight doesn’t keep the insidious
humidity of Mississippi out totally) but still good.
So hope this helps and happy pickling!! and Happy Holidays!!