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Can I make pickled eggs that don't require refrigeration?

This time of year I have a ton of extra eggs. In the winter I have fewer. I have, therefore, been experimenting with egg preservation techniques. I like pickled eggs a lot. They aren't very versatile ...
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What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

I was eating at an Iranian/Persian restaurant and they brought a bowl of pickles to the table. Among them was the usual wild cucumber, green tomato, pink turnip, etc. but there were also several ...
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Botulism risk with refrigerated items

Is there any risk of botulism from refrigerator pickling or brining? (referring to both meat and slices of vegetables/fruit) I've read about the subject a fair bit, and know the inherent risks with ...
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Reusing pickle brine

So I just finished a jar of home-made pickles. They were excellent! Not too salty, a bit spicy, very good. They were so good that I'd like to get some more pickles out of that jar. I was thinking of ...
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What's the purpose of sugar in a pickling solution?

This might seem like a dumb question, but I am going to make a pickled pepper relish of sorts that is really just chopped carrot, onion, and habanero pepper cooked briefly in a pickling solution and ...
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How long should I wait before I lift the lid of my sauerkraut crock?

I have 5 - 6 lbs of sauerkraut in a crock with a water vacuum seal. I read that the first 24 - 48 hours are crucial to the success of the kraut. I also read that the kraut should develop its own ...
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Do you have to refrigerate Pickles?

So last weekend the wife and I got a huge jar of pickles at Costco. The thing is bigger than a gallon of milk (the wife really loves her pickles). There really isn't any room for it in the fridge, ...
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I wanted to make homemade pickles, does it matter what type of salt I use?

I've got the spices, jars, etc. I was wondering if there is a special salt, or can I just use table salt?
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

I make a lot of home-made pickles; mostly pickled onions/shallots/cucumbers. I use a cold process and I don't pre-brine. I notice all of my pickles always end up floating to the top of the jars, even ...
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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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Looking for non-standard (i.e. no dill) fermented pickle suggestions [closed]

I'm looking for some outside the box ideas for fermented (sour) pickles. Fermented pickles only use a salt water brine, spices and some time. Here's a short list of what I'm NOT looking for: ...
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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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Indian Mango Pickle producing gas is that normal?

I am trying to pickle some mangoes the Indian way. I boiled the jar in hot water, dried it and then added the mixture of spices, salt and mangoes to the jars after the mixture had cooled. I made the ...
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What is the difference in flavor between a fermented pickle and a vinegar pickle?

I'm interested in experimenting with pickling, and I'm wondering what the difference in flavor is between a classically fermented pickle and one made using vinegar. I've search online, but can't find ...
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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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Why did my lids seal?

This has never happened to me before! Last night I made Refrigerator Pickles using cucumbers and an ordinary vinegar, water, sugar brine. My intention was to make a couple jars for co-workers who ...
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Pickling green peaches: is the fuzz a must?

Last year, I had to thin the fruit on our peach tree to keep the branches from breaking once the fruit matured. Rather than throw away all the quarter- to half-dollar-sized green peaches, I pickled ...
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Is it necessary to skim the scum off of fermenting pickles?

The sour (fermented) pickle recipe that I am following states: Check the crock every day. Skim any mold from the surface, but don’t worry if you can’t get it all. If there’s mold, be sure to ...
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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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What variety of green beans make the best pickled green beans?

I grow bush and pole bean of various varieties, mostly to make pickled green beans. I want to find a variety to grow that is string - free, long and straight, bright green, with good flavor. I like my ...
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Can you pickle avocados?

I wanted to see if anyone has tried to pickle avocados? Mostly I am interested to use only vinegar, and/or salt.
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Can water cause fermented pickles to spoil?

I recently learned about Indian lemon pickles. There is a lot of variation between recipes but the ones I am trying consist of chopping lemons or limes, adding salt, and letting them ferment for a ...
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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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How do I know if a given pickle recipe is meant for long-term storage?

I've never canned or pickled anything; however, I'm keen to give it a shot. However, I'm the only one in my family who likes cucumber pickles, so it might take me a while to go through a batch. There ...
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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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How long will fermented/brined pickles last?

I've been interested in making some pickles, and a lot of the places I've found say that salt brined or fermented pickles generally taste better than acid-brined pickles. That is, pickles pickled in a ...
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How to combat odor from pickled radishes inside refrigerator?

I know the question is related to How to get rid of the smell from the fridge?. At the same time, I am curious about possible additives as part of the pickling that may help reduce the odor. So I didn'...
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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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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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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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should my sour pickles be sealed while pickling?

I'm making sour pickles. A lot of recipes say that the lid should be loose or upside down so that the pickles have room to "breath". I keep the jars out, often coming into contact with light from ...
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Kimchi juice to aid lactic fermentation of half-sour pickles

I have made half-sour pickles successfully with the recipe in the first post of this chow.com thread, although only when the heel of bread is added to promote fermentation. While I don't always have ...
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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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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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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 is the shelf life of pickled gherkins stored dry?

Our almost 2 years old toddler loves oignons accompagnying pickled gherkins. Unfortunately, trying to pick one by herself, she spilled all the pickle from a brand new (commercial, pasteurized) jar. ...
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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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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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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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Pickling Peppers

I want to pickle the banana peppers, jalepenos and bell peppers from my garden. I have a small sandwich bag full of banana peppers so far, but no more than that. Is it okay to store them in the ...
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Pickles are really salty (lactic fermenation)

I decided to make pickles following a recipe that our crop-share association (CSA) suggested: Three Secrets To Crispy Pickles, And A 'Lost Recipe' Found. After 4 days, I decided to sample my creation....
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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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Can you cure fish in jar?

Since it will be cold for some time, I was thinking of using my detached, unheated shed to pickle some veggies. But another thought I was having was to actually cure/can some herrings or sardines (or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use chopped white onion instead of pearl onion?

I'm making mustard pickles and it calls for pearl onions. Can I use white onions chopped up?