Cool as a Cucumber: Pickling Veggies

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Pickle fan or not, pickling is so easy and its something worth trying! Time to show you how to make some pickles (and other pickled veggies)! FYI:ย A pickled cucumber is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solutionand left to ferment for a period of time ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ.

Some quick benefits: supplies antioxidants, protects the liver, provides gut-friendly bacteria (probiotics), aids in digestive health.

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Fermented veggies supply your gut with friendly bacteria that it needs to aid in digestion, maintain a healthy immune system, and improve brain health.

Learned this simple recipe from one of my friends, so thanks Inez๐Ÿ’• Here y’all go!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Veggies (i.e., cucumbers, carrots, beans, etc.) preferably organic
  • Herbs (i.e., dill)
  • Garlic
  • Spices (black pepper, cardamon, mustard seed spice mix)
  • Habanero peppers (optional)
  • Vinegar
  • Pickling Salt

Procedure:

before we start…

TIP: in order to get the benefits of the probiotics, do not use vinegar (although I did this time, I will not in the future). I found another recipe online for 1 jar of pickles that used:ย 1 1/2 cups filtered water andย 2 tablespoons sea salt for the brine. Check it out here –>ย Naturally Fermented Dill Pickle Recipe

  1. Make Brine. (I boiled 7 cups of water with 3 cups vinegar and 1 cup pickling salt).
  2. Stuff mason jars with veggies of choice. Add herbs and garlic, as well as a habanero pepper if you’re feelin spicy ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ”ฅ.
  3. Pour brine into jars until all veggies are completely soaked.ย  Leave about 1/2 inch between the top of the liquid and the lid.
  4. Close the jars with their lids and place in a pot of boiling water for 7 minutes (3/4 immersed in the water).
  5. Take out of water and let cool for 15-30 minutes.
  6. Place in the fridge and leave overnight. They will be ready to eat the next day. Leave sealed for longer for more flavour.

Yay! And you’re all done ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜. I’m falling in love with pickles all over again, and who ever thought pickled carrots tasted sooo good! Give em a try and let me know how they taste!ย giphyย ย 

 

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