How To: Pickling

Spice up your kitchen with this easy pickling recipe!


      1. Prepare your cucumbers. You can slice in whatever shape your heart desires. Thin slices work great for sandwiches. Place cut cucumbers in jar.
      2. Add flavor. Mix both dried an fresh flavorings. About a 1/2 teaspoon is all you need for most dry spices. For a spicy pickle, try red chile pepper flakes, salt, a few dried chile peppers, dill seeds, fresh habanero, and a clove of garlic.
      3. Make the brine. White vinegar, rice vinegar, or cider vinegar are all a great place to start. Pour as much vinegar as you’ll need into a saucepan and bring to a boil. To complement your spicy pickle flavorings, try rice vinegar, a spoonful of honey, and salt to taste. Let boil for two minutes.
      4. Pour brine over cucumbers until completely covered. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate for 24 hours. Enjoy!

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