Making pickles was both fun and scary (I was going to say exhilarating and terrifying, but maybe I should tone down the hyperbole a notch). We made three kinds and it took 6-7 hours. We made sweet pickles beets, garlic dills, and spicy pickle chips.If any of you have experience pickling, I have questions. Have you ever had the pickling go bad? How did you know? Did anyone die? What is the point of sterilizing the jars beforehand, because the jars obviously do not stay sterile as you pack them? Also, we read different things about whether we should or should not sterilize the lids. All the pickling literature you read will scare the hell out of you but it can't really be that hard to get it right, right?