In formal terms: a pickled cucumber (commonly known as a pickle in the United States and Canada or as gherkins in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia) is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period of time, by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation.
Pickles have played a significant role in history. It has been claimed that Cleopatra ate pickles to maintain her beauty; that Napoleon used pickles to sustain his troops; and Christopher Columbus gave his crew pickles to combat scurvy.
A "kosher" dill pickle refers to the process by which traditional Jewish New York pickle vendors create pickles. They add a generous amount of dill and garlic to a natural salt brine formula, these pickles are thought of as more flavorful than other pickles because of the significant amounts of garlic added during the process.
Refrigerate after opening, and can keep up to a year.
Pickle juice can be used as a cleaning solution for blackened copper pans or to remove charred pieces of leftover meat from your grill.
Save your money and drink pickle juice instead of that overpriced sports drink to replace lost electrolytes, and sodium which can cause serious cramping and dehydration.
Take a few sips of pickle juice to relieve heartburn The pickle juice helps balance the pH levels of the stomach.
Pickling preserves food through the process of fermentation. Sauerkraut, cheese, wine and bread are all made by fermentation; basically all the good stuff.
Lacto-fermentation is the process that wipes out the bad bacteria then lets the good bacteria get to work, safely preserving the vegetables and resulting in that classic tangy flavor.
Pickle juice is incredibly versatile. Use it to marinate meat and poultry (the acidity acts as a tenderizer); add a bit to the water when boiling potatoes for a vinegary kick; mix a bit into your next bloody mary; or keep the pickle juice in the jar and add carrot sticks, in a few days, you’ll have pickled carrots.
Kool-aid pickles are made by soaking dill pickles in strong kool-aid, a very popular tart-treat in Mississippi.
Slice and crumb a dill pickle, and then deep fry it for a fun vegetarian snack.
Pickles are low in calories and also contain probiotics. However, they are very high in sodium so don’t overdo it.
Pickle juice is a great hangover cure because it helps to replenish your depleted sodium levels.
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