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Is it safe to use homemade pickles?

Date: 01 Jan 2016    Group: Health    Category: Nutrition   

Pickles are famous in India, particularly in South India. Pickles are made in such a way that they can last for long periods. Homemade pickles are made without adding any preservatives but still they last for long periods. We never check whether there will be any deposition of bacteria in it until they look good. Is it safe to take homemade pickles?
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Author: Kailash Kumar    01 Jan 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Pickles are prepared and relished since ages in India and many other parts of the world. Salt is used in the pickles both for taste and as a preservative. High concentration of oil and spices also act as preservatives. Pickles are time tested edible food and is not known to be injurious to health except perhaps after the expiry period. There visual inspection reveals if the same had got deteriorated or not. It should be free from visual fungal growth. IS:3501-1966 is the standard for pickles in India.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    02 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Home-made pickles are perfectly alright if these are kept in air-tight containers. In fact, old pickles are tastier and are considered good for health.

Author: jenny    02 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Home made pickles are good to take. The home made pickles contain salt as preservative which inhibits the growth of micro-organisms. Excess of oil and other ingredients used for making pickles also prevents spoilage of pickles.
However proper measures to be taken to store it for a longer duration to prevent its spoilage.

Air tight containers to be used for pickle storage.
Pickles get spoilt if is not processed properly.
Fresh spices are to be used to get tasty pickles and for preserving for a longer period.
Avoid water contact with pickles, moisture content helps in growth of bacteria.
If there is bad smell arising from the pickles or you see white patches of micro-organisms developing, then it should be immediately disposed.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    02 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Home made pickles are quite tasty and tangy and a proper care is take for its preparation. The mustard oil and salt which are applied in the preparation of pickles act as preservative. Mutstered - oil is antibacterial and antifungal in nature and hence it is an excellent medium for preservation. Salt too acts in the similar way apart from enhancing the test.
The spices added to it like acafiteda, garlic, turmeric, red chilli dear, fenugreek powder, makes the same more palatable and even these spices have health benifits.
However, care has to be taken to keep the pickles under the ray of sun regularly so that there is thorough mixing of all the ingredients present in the pickle. However, the excess salt present in the pickle may give rise to High Blood Pressure on its consistent use.
Lime- pickle may be prepared along with Green - chilly without the addition of oil and less salt may be added to it. This pickle helps in segregation of digestive juice needed for digestion.

Author: Pramod Dabholkar    02 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

I always feel that home made pickles are always and safe to use. Even though these pickles dont have preservatives but they last for a longer time due to the content which are added in them.

Salt also acts like preservative and that holds the growth of bacteria. Similarly home made pickles contents good amount of Hind (Asafoetida) which also keep pickle safe for longer time.

Author: Mahesh    02 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Home made pickles are more safe to use than anything. They don't contain any preservatives. Also they are less likely to have any side effect on your body. Because pickles with preservatives make your stomach ache and also have other health issues. Also do note that the expiry date for home made pickle often doesn't apply. That is because the homemade pickles remain longer. And that's why you should use the homemade instead of chemically preserved pickles.

Author: Ank Arya    03 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Pickles are being prepared in India since ages and at home only. Only since sometime the ready-made pickles have started being famous. Those who are selling homemade pickle have been doing that since long and I don't think they disobey the profession which brings them bread and butter for life. However, it is always fine to check for the taste and quality of pickle before taking it into daily use, be it homemade or readymade pickle.

Once, I had to replace two jars of readymade pickle that we had bought from our regular shop, the pickle's brand is an old, well-known one but somehow those recently packed jars had something wrong with them. So, the point should not be if it is safe to use homemade pickles or readymade pickles, But rather 'Is the pickle safe?".

Also, if you preparing pickles at home by yourself, you can always ask the shopkeeper to give the necessary preservative along with the achaari masala. Only a few mL that preservative is all enough to keep the pickle healthy for long time storage.

Author: Archana Kapoor    03 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It depends on the type of pickle you have made. Some pickles are made for temporary uses only and they should be consumed within a limited time like radish, cauliflower, onion etc. These are salad cum pickles mostly so they don't last for long. But Mango pickle, gooseberry(amla) pickle, lemon pickle, chilly pickle they can be kept for long and they don't get contaminated easily if you take necessary precautions like the proper balance of oil and salt, keeping them in sunlight often, keep them away from humidity and water should not enter into the bottle etc. These are some precautions that should be taken for all long time pickles. Apart from this pickles don't have any issues. You can consume these pickles as long as they are in good condition, they are absolutely safe.

Author: Manoj Kumar Lamba    03 Jan 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Home made pickles are good for health. As no chemical preservatives are added to them they are more healthy as compared to branded pickles. As said in above posts that added oil, spice and salt act as natural preservatives, and till these pickles are kept under moderate temperature and in closed container, will remain in good condition and will not harmful to health.

Author: [Anonymous]    04 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Home made pickles are good and healthy.
The reasons are-
1. We select healthy and fresh ingredients in preparation.
2. We use fresh spices, oil, etc.
3. As we are preparing for our own consumption, we provide the best environment for storage.

There are still some possibilities that the home made pickle may get destroyed by some microbial growth. To avoid this, people use salt and warm oil as preservatives rather than chemical preservatives (for healthy reasons).

Author: Juana    24 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

As in every culture, so also in India, pickles remain a popular food accompaniment. Only the methods of preparation differ in the different regions of the world. Pickles are as popular in other parts of India, as they are in South India. There are delectable varieties of pickles made from almost every vegetable and many fruits. Indian pickles are hot and sour or sweet and sour and contain copious amounts of spices.

I do not agree with your statement that homemade pickles are prepared without preservatives. On the contrary, homemade pickles do contain preservatives. They may not have synthetic preservatives, but definitely contain natural preservatives like –
• Salt
• Oil
• Vinegar

Additionally, sun drying vegetables and fruits before and after pickling aids in the preservation process.

Salt kills bacteria and prevents growth of further bacteria. Oil too prevents growth of bacteria. Please note that if quantities of both salt and oil in homemade pickles are less, then the pickle will spoil very fast.

Homemade pickles remain safe for consumption provided they are prepared properly. By properly I mean the ingredients used in the recipe should be fresh and without any infestation. The ingredients must be treated/cured properly. If the recipe requires oil to be smoked before adding to the pickle, that should be done. If the recipe requires the vegetables are blanched and sun dried, that step should be followed. Apart from taking care of the ingredients the jar in which the pickle is to be prepared must be sterilized properly. If these precautions are taken pickle will not spoil. You also need to ensure that you use a dry spoon while removing pickle from the jar. You will contaminate the pickle if the spoon is wet or dirty.

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