food safety speculation
About a dozen of our gallon glass jars were used in the garden to warm early planted peppers. I use these jars for pickling. But after being turned upside down in the garden I don't seem to be able to get the inside of the jars as clean as I'd like. You cannot see anything on them, but I can feel tiny specs that feel like they should be removable. Scrubbing and scrubbing just doesn't remove the specks. In my mind I am imagining them to be little colonies of psuedomonas. I've already spritzed some bleach solution on them.
After reading mountainmoma's thread about cookies and bread in her solar oven, it occurs to me that I can put the jars in our solar oven to heat them and hopefully kill any persistent bacteria that remain in these specks. Probably would do a second solarization of them with a cup of water in the oven to make a penetrating steam.
The final hope is that the brine for fermentation, and ultimately the formed acid, will suppress/kill any unwanted germs in these non-removable specks.
What do you think? Sound like I'm doing enough to make the jars safe for pickling? This is one of those questions I feel like I don't want to ask on a more typical forum where I'd probably get responses like, "Glass is cheap. Throw them away and get new."