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Preserving food by immersion in vinegar or brine

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What is the difference between kosher dill pickles and Polish dill pickles?

What is the difference in taste between kosher dill pickles and polish dill pickles? Do they have any visual distinctions that would make it possible to differentiate between them on sight?
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Is it possible to Pickle meat at room temperature?

My gf wanted to make a pickled pork for dinner. According to the recipe, she prepared the brine (consisting of 3l of waters, 3 tablespoons of salt, pepper, garlic, allspice, bay leaves). The recipe ...
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Is it okay for preserved lemons to float?

I just a couple days ago started a batch of Moroccan preserved lemons, using a combination of recipes from 2 books I own and a few online. Basically, near-quarter some Meyer lemons and stuff with ...
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Preserved Lemons: is it ok if they are above the liquid

I started a jar of preserved lemons yesterday and today I noticed that the top of one lemon is above the liquid, is this ok? Should I try to press it down, or add water?
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Pickled Eggs with slightly gooey yolks?

In short, is it safe to make pickled eggs where the yolk is still soft? I want to make some jars of pickled eggs to give as Christmas presents but I hate hard boiled eggs. I have a technique down pat ...
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Irish Bacon Ribs

Does anyone have the recipe on how to make these classic, old-school ribs? I'm not looking for the cooking recipe but the following: What pork cut is it? (I believe it's the babyback rib rack) How do ...
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Are accidentally fermented foods safe to eat

I grew tomatoes this year and then made sauce out of them about 3 weeks ago (tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt). When I opened the jar I heard the distinct sound of C02 releasing. I ...
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What's the role of bread in pickling cucumbers?

In the summer, my mother always made Hungarian-style pickled cucumbers (kovászos uborka) by putting cucumbers, spices, salt, and water (no vinegar!) in a jar, putting a piece of bread on top, and ...
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Temperature at which to pickle herrings

If the pickling process takes approximately 2-3 days, should the pickling process take place at room temperature? Or can it be done in a refrigerator?
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Can you cut cucumbers when you make them in brine?

I'm trying to make Polish style cucumbers in brine (ogórki kiszone) but my jars are too small to fit cucumbers I can get in the supermarket. Can I just cut them or the lack of skin will change the ...
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What is the correct reference for amount of salt in lacto-fermenting?

When lacto-fermenting pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. do you do your salt calculations per amount of brine, or salt per volume of the pickling container? I mean, if I use 1-3 tablespoons of ...
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What's the difference between pickling and fermentation in cabbage?

I was discussing various "cabbage things" on Cooking chat, including coleslaw, sauerkraut, and kimchi. One thing I noticed that confused me was that coleslaw Wiki page mentioned "pickling" the ...
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Do Morrocan-stye pickled lemons really need 5 to 10% salt?

I want to make Morrocan-stye pickled lemons, but I was only able to find one site with an explicit ratio, and it says: In On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee suggests that a solution of five to 10% ...
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Pickled/preserved lemons/limes - grams of salt per kilogram of fruit? [duplicate]

[ I think this question here was originally too unclear. because I was still researching and figuring out exactly what I wanted to ask when I posted it. I edited it a few times, but I think my editing ...
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Are refrigerator section pickles (Clausen) safe if left unrefrigerated?

I bought some Clausen Pickles, not knowing the jar said "always refrigerate'". I mean they were in the refrigerated section at Kroger. But They stayed up in my cabinet for about a week and a half, ...
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Can I get botulism by using 2 cups vinegar to 8 cups water when canning pickles - as most recipes require 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water?

I recently canned pickles using 2 cups vinegar to 8 cups water ratio but I see that most canning recipes ask for 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water. My question is: Can I get botulism from using 2 cups ...
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Bread and butter pickles without mustard seed?

I'm making bread and butter pickles and I ran out of mustard seed. What can I use instead? Or do I just skip it?
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Making pickles or preserves from hedgehog cucumbers (cucumis africanus)

Tiny hedgehog cucumbers, cucumis africanus, are usually grown as ornamental. The blurb in the seed catalogue mentions they were historically pickled and preserved, although they are rarely used for ...
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How do I fix pickles that are too sour?

I made dill pickles using an old Ukrainian recipe fermenting the cucumbers in salt water. I wanted to can them when they were finished instead of keeping 10lbs of fermented pickles in my refrigerator. ...
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Is there a basic ratio for dill pickle brine which will be safe for any vegetable?

I'm looking for a bare-bones dill pickle brine recipe (for safe canning, and long-term storage—not for refrigerator pickles). When I look online, I see all these really fancy recipes that try to jazz ...
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Can pickled pepper oil be used as cooking oil?

I have about a half jar of pure pickled pepper oil as I have recently used up all of the peppers. The oil is a strange translucent color of yellow; I'm imagining a cup of highlighter fluid (if there ...
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Should I par-boil my pickled potatoes before roasting them?

I am attempting to make some pickled fries, similar to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnRvRDUtgY4 However, I don't have a frier (nor do I want to fry on the stove top), so I was thinking of cooking ...
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Fermenting pickles - sun or shade?

I am fermenting pickles in a glass jar, using a brine of 1 TBS salt to a glass of water and a bit vinegar. Should I place the jar in a sunny location or in the shade?
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How long will marinated seafood salad last ? ( scallops, squid, shrimp, crab and mussels) [duplicate]

I know that some pickled items last quite a long time. Do you think a typical Italian marinated seafood dish would be safe (and good) to eat after one week? Unlike ceviche which is usually no good ...
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Should I throw away a jar of olives that fizzed and bubbled upon opening?

Like the title says, I opened a jar of locally produced olives and it started to bubble like seltzer. Is it unsafe to eat?
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How long do “quick” pickles last unrefrigerated?

I'll be opening a fried pickle concession stand in the next year. I want to make my own pickles because I'll be cutting them a way you cant buy from a store. I am using a quick pickle method right now ...
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Mushy homemade dill pickle chips

We made about 13 gallons of homemade dill pickles last summer. These are made with vinegar, not the fermented type. Water bathed for 15 minutes in quart jars. We kept the whole cucumbers on ice over ...
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Uncooked Pickled Fish: Can I recook it?

I made pickled salmon a few days ago. I clearly did not cook it enough before pickling it for four days in vinegar. It is basically raw and completely falling apart. Can I recook it now by boiling ...
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replace kosher pickle brine after leak

I made kosher dills for a Christmas gift and they turned out great. The jar tipped in transit and leaked all the brine. Can I refill it? With what?
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Is pickled herring cooked?

With respect to pickled herring, is the herring cooked before being put into the pickling solution? If not, what safety measures are in place to ensure bacteria are within safe limits?
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Accidently reduced salt in pickling recipe - are these pickles still safe?

A dill pickle recipe called for 1.5 cups vinegar, 1.5 cups water, and 2 tablespoons salt. I doubled the bring, but forgot to double the salt before canning my pickles. I ended up with: 3 cups Apple ...
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Kimchi versus pickles: sterilized containers?

I've been reading up on how to make fermented foods and noticed something interesting - many of the recipes I've seen (pickled cucumbers, etc.) go to great lengths to warn about using sterilized jars ...
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Why is it recommended to blanch onions before pickling them?

I was recently looking for a recipe to pickle onions, and among several others I found this one. Skimming through the comments I came across the same question as I'm asking now, but without any other ...
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Pickling whole cucumbers

I know you have to cut off the ends to make the pickles not soggy when making cucumber spears...but if this is the case how do people pickle whole cucumbers?
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Pickles (cucumbers) came out a little soggy after canning

I was very excited to use my water bath for the first time, as so far I have only made refrigerator (cucumber) pickles. This was also the first time I did not use sugar in the brine (just wanted to ...
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Blue garlic during pickling

How do I make the garlic not come out blue during pickling? I know it is safe to eat, I just do not like how it looks. I have used minced garlic but sometimes I prefer cloves. There has to be a way, ...
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What strength of brine will completely inhibit growth of lactobacillus (and friends)?

As per the title. How strong does a brine have to be before it will completely inhibit growth of the bacteria that are traditionally employed to create pickled foods? The backstory is that I decided ...
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How to get pickled mushrooms to be less sour?

I like pickled mushroom from a jar but I would prefer if they were less acidy/sour. Is there any way to increase the PH ? Will it work if I drain the juice they come in and refill with oil or ...
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Pickling Frozen Fish

As someone with few opportunities to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I try to do as much preparatory work as possible on my day off and then just have things I can throw together and stick in the ...
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Can you dry out pickle brine to leave a seasoned salt?

Like the title says. Would it be safe and reasonable to dry out pickle brine till it crystallizes? It might have an interesting flavor as a seasoning (the acid from the vinegar, and the salt, and the ...
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Are my pickled peppers safe to eat?

A few years ago, I got a wild hair and pickled some sweet and hot peppers out of my garden. It's been a while, but I remember buying the correct implements and ingredients and following a procedure ...
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Can you substitute honey for sugar in a pickling brine?

That's about it. I want to make some vinegar pickles (from the Momofuku cookbook, if it matters). My partner is on a diet that forbids refined sugar but allows honey. Will honey work for this purpose?
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Lacto Fermented Vegetables - Off Flavors

Is anyone aware of some solid reference information on lacto-fermented vegetables? I am especially interested technical information, such as what off flavors may occur due to which circumstances. The ...
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Using Unused Pickling Juice

2 weeks ago I made 10 gallons of pickling juice for vegetables and only used 7 gallons. Today I decided to use the 3 remaining gallons of juice. I boiled the juice I made which was water, white ...
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Do I need Malt Vinegar for pickling onions?

I intend to make several kilograms of pickled onions. Last time I made them, I just dumped in basically what ever vinegar i had to hand. A combination of white malt, brown malt, unmalted, and rice ...
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Jar opened once - is it still good for pickling?

I have recently been making pickled beetroots and they mostly came out fine except for one jar which has failed to get a vacuum seal. Now I put it back in the pan and simmered the jar for a good half ...
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Sour pickles with Calcium Chloride?

I've read that putting grape leaves with your brine will help pickles stay crunchy. But those are hard to find. I've also heard that Calcium Chloride does the same thing. Bubbies uses it, in fact. It'...
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Is it possible to re-use pickling liquid?

I have previously pickled some cucumber in a pickling liquid of mostly vinegar, which was kept in the fridge. I have now finished the pickled cucumbers, but would like to pickle some more. Can I re-...
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Why do bread and butter pickle recipes call for onions, mustard seed, and celery seed?

I recently made a jar of bread and butter pickles. I understood most of the rationale behind the ingredients and directions in the recipe - the cucumbers are salted to draw out water and break cell ...
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Re-processing pickles

I'm all set to make pickles (intending to hot-water can them for shelf-stable pickles) and I realize I don't have any more jars, so I'm making the brine and putting the whole batch in the fridge. I ...