? Xylitol in 'Bread & Butter' pickles

Pilot Point, TX(Zone 7b)

OK -- so I did my first try at making some B&B with Jalapeno pickles. I am an experimenter so I did one batch with [organic] sugar and the other one I did with Xylitol...which is a sugar alternative. It's NOT like Splenda. You can use it just like regular sugar.

Just wondering if anyone else has tried canning with Xylitol before...??


BTW: How long before you can eat the canned pickles ..???

Sebring, FL(Zone 9a)

Hi, I can't answer about the Xylitol, but as far as when to start eating...

We try to wait at least 4 weeks before we open a jar, but inevitably someone can't wait. :-) Just try to hold off, but don't be surprised if you find a jar 'missing'.

Pilot Point, TX(Zone 7b)

Thanks CH....

I guess I'll just try one of both kind....next month some time. I did find this about the Xylitol:


Sugar substitute for canning:

We have had many questions about this, so here is the information for you all. Xylitol may be used in canning. It should work fine for sweet pickled foods and sweetened fruit syrups. It most likely would not work well for jams and jellies.

Pure Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. On food labels, Xylitol is classified broadly as a carbohydrate and more narrowly as a polyol. Because Xylitol is only slowly absorbed and partially utilized, a reduced calorie claim is allowed: 2.4 calories per gram or 40% less than other carbohydrates. (Source: USU Extension Food Safety Specialist Brian Nummer, Ph.D.)


I also read that Xylitol is TOXIC for dogs though...??...

Chilmark, MA

DANGER!!! Please beware....just a tiny lick of an ice pop with xylitol in it made my healthy Wheaten Terrier nearly die. She lost all functions, went into diabetic shock, was flooded with insulin, and was within a half hour of dying! They MUST put warnings on anything that has xylitol in it, since it is FATAL to dogs!! They cannot tolerate even TINY amounts of it! Please beware!!!

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Pierson, FL(Zone 9a)

When I can my Bread and Butter pickles, I wait 6 weeks.

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