White film on bottom of jar of pickles

by Joanne

Some of my fresh-pack dill pickles have a white film on the bottom of the jar (12 hours after processing). Also this white film seems to have attached itself to the mustard seed. Is this yeast? Bacteria? Anything to be concerned about?

It didn't happen to all of the pickles in the batch, just 1/3 of the jars.


As long as there are no other signs of spoilage your pickles should be fine. I read in my ball blue book that this is a "harmless" form of yeast or it could be additives in the salt that you used.

Be sure when you open the jar that there are no funny smells and that the seal was tight. Here is a page that explains more about how to recognize spoiled food

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