There are basically two different types of pickles that you can make at home. The first category is the refrigerator pickles. These are the pickles that you can keep in your fridge and eat them in a matter of a few days. The process for these pickles is very fast and it will save you some time, but you will only have around 1 week to eat them before they are no longer good. At the same time there is also another process which is called the brine curing method that is going to take a little bit more time to prepare, you will also need to keep them stored for at least one week before you are able to start eating them. But the great thing about it is that you are able to keep them for months with this method.
It doesn’t matter what type of pickles you have decided to make, or what method you planning to use, there are a few common rules that you should be able to take into consideration.
Always make sure that you use fresh fruits or vegetable. In case you can’t pickle them right away after you’ve bought them, make sure that you keep them in the refrigerator, without washing them. This way you can be sure that you will always keep them as fresh as possible.
When you are picking up your fruits or veggies from the supermarket or market, you must make sure that you only pick out those fruits that have no bruises or blemishes. Only the perfect fruits and vegetables are able to turn into delicious pickles.
Wash the fruits carefully, since anything left on them is going to affect the quality of the pickles. In case you are planning to make dill pickles, make sure that you also remove the blossom at the end, since if you leave it on, it will have a negative impact on the quality of the pickles.
The vinegar that you are using for your pickles must have at least 5% acidity. The best vinegar that you can use for pickles is the one which is made out of wine. The white wine vinegar is able to offer you some clear pickles, but if you use apple cider vinegar for example you will be able to transfer some interesting flavors to the pickles.
Use pickling salt. This type of salt is able to help you make perfect pickles. If you will use table salt, the quality of the end product (the pickles) is not going to be the same.
In case you are planning to use tap water and you live in the city, you should make sure that you boil it first before you will be using it for pickles.
There is a very large list of fruits and vegetables that can be pickled. On our website we have managed to create one of the largest lists of recipes that you can use to pickle. You can easily find the recipe you want and make your own delicious homemade pickles.