Aktualisiert: 22. Dez 2019
There is another way of making dill pickles, which is quite popular. This one is by using a vinegar as a preserving agent & heat, to seal the jars. This is what you would normally find on a supermarket shelf. Some of those pickles can be quite tasty, but the taste is all you actually get from this product. The cucumbers are preserved, but not fermented. So they are dead.
Another problem with them is that most of them have added preservatives & that the vinegar used in this process is the white vinegar. And that vinegar in some countries, like US, is derived from GMO corn.
To recreate that familiar vinegary flavor & to enjoy those cucumbers as a live product (meaning - loaded with probiotic bacteria, enzymes & live organic acids) I have changed & optimized the recipe.
So we start we the freshest pickling cucumbers we can find:
They get sliced & mixed with sliced onions, garlic, dill & yellow mustard seeds
Then comes the turmeric
And finally the cold brine. But the brine consists of a mixture made of live Kombucha vinegar, a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar (because the Kombucha vinegar does not provide the strong enough "bite"), filtered & revitalized water & unrefined salt.
And again, the devil being in the details, it is the right proportions of those that either make it, or break it.
Next they go into glass jars & sit in room temperature for couple of weeks. So longer than salt dill pickles. While they sit in jars two processes happen at the same time - pickling & fermentation.
Kombucha Vinegar has tannins (from tea) & those help the cucumbers stay crisp for a long time. Even when they are in slices, like the ones we make.
And again, when they are done, they go into fridge & the fermentation and pickling processes continue, but at a slower rate.
After two months they look like this:
Those "live" pickles are great as sides to dinners with potatoes as well as for sandwiches.
But no matter how you use them, they are a lot healthier than the ones you buy in stores.
Just keep in mind that these we only have for couple of months, so don't miss out on them!
Ingredients: Cucumbers, Kombucha Vinegar, Filtered & Revitalized Water, Kombucha Vinegar, Unrefined Sea Salt, Turmeric, Onion, Mustard Seeds, Dill