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What kind of pickle was this?

It sounds like you may be describing a caper berry. Most folks are familiar with capers, which are the pickled or salted flower bud from the caper plant. However, if the buds are left to mature into ...
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What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

I suspect that these will be pickled almonds. Almonds are a favorite ingredient in many middle-Eastern dishes. The green color and fuzz give it away, most other fruits like apricots and plums lack ...
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What was this pickled vegetable which I was served at a middle eastern restaurant?

It's probably green almonds like bob1 suggested. We eat them raw as a fruit or they can be pickled. They are called Oja in the Syrian region عوجا.
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What stops my pickles from turning into alcohol?

So, fermentation is complicated, and the answer to this question really depends on multiple factors. You're particularly interested in the role of sugar vs. salt, not lactobacillus vs. yeast. The ...
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Vinegar choice for pickling

While you could certainly use plain white vinegar, there's not all that much difference between that and cider vinegar if "vinegar" is the taste you're objecting to. If you are canning the pickles, ...
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Are capers a substitute for pickles in a tartar sauce?

I love capers and add them to different foods when I think it suits it. I'd much rather eat tartar (not tarter) sauce with capers than pickles in it. But them I'm not a fan of tartar sauce (maybe ...
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vinegar pickles safety

The best advice anyone can give you is to please stop experimenting and use tested recipes. Particularly for acidified pickles, there are huge numbers of resources out there with tested recipes ...
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Home made pickled peppers without sodium - botulism risk?

As Lorel C mentioned in the comments, botulinum clostridium won't grow in acidic environments. It also won't grow in cold environments. You've got the peppers in vinegar and in the refrigerator. I ...
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Bread and butter pickles without mustard seed

Mustard seeds and other spices are there for flavor only; it's perfectly safe to leave them out. But don't mess with amounts of salt or vinegar given in your recipe--those are important for preventing ...
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

I've noticed in my experience if I cut the vegetables and put them in a bowl with salt water for a couple of hour in the fridge. Then remove and rinse for 3 to 5 minutes before canning, they don't ...
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Substitute for Cornichons

Sweet pickles, miniature if you're not dicing them, it doesn't matter if you are dicing them. Look for a bit of crunch; cornichons provide texture as well as flavor.
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Techniques for using (Polish) Pickle Pots?

Since part of the problem is probably that the pot and weights are "infected" with mold spores, one thing I would suggest is heat-sterilizing the pot and the weights to eliminate any spores ...
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Are capers a substitute for pickles in a tartar sauce?

Both capers & pickles is not unheard of, as in the sauce tartare recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Wikipedia also thinks capers and pickles are a common combination in tartar sauce. ...
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Can I ferment pickles in the tropics?

You need to ferment in a cool place, so you can only ferment pickles in the monsoon season when temperatures are down, or inside a house with A.C. Vegetables turn soft if it's too hot. Taste and feel ...
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

Most likely commercial pickles are preserved by an accurate pasteurisation and ascorbic acid or other chemical preservatives so that the "brine" contains much less salt as compared to your homemade ...
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Fermenting pickles

If temperatures are above 90, your pickles will probably be ready in a day, two at most. Any more time is just going to cook them, like you've experienced (where they're so soft you can't remove them ...
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Can I process fermented pickles in a water bath?

Yes. The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends low temperature pasteurization for fermented pickles, where you put them in a 180F water bath for 30 minutes. This avoids softening the ...
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Why is my onion pickle taking super long?

Refrigerator "pickles" are generally "done" when the flavor and texture is to your liking. There is no reliable color indication. There is no fermentation expected. It is not a ...
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Convert dill pickle chips to bread and butter pickles?

I don’t believe you’ll get a decent Bread & Butter pickle using your plan. Dill slices are pickled in a water/vinegar/salt solution. Bread & Butter pickles are made with a vinegar/sugar syrup. ...
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How to know when pickles are pickled correctly

"How can I know if the pickles were pickled correctly": Based on whether they taste good to you. With refrigerator pickles like this, you don't need to worry about them fermenting incorrectly or ...
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Fermenting pickles

In addition to Marti's good advice about temperature, I've only had consistent success with Kirby cucumbers, also called (for good reasons) "pickling cucumbers". Raw Kirbies are very firm—even ...
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Making pickles using dill weed: ideas for containing the particles?

The tea filter idea works well and is exactly what I would propose. You can buy ready-made paper or fabric tea filters that are smaller than coffee filters and more porous. If you want to use metal ...
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Can you cut cucumbers when you make them in brine?

I don't see how it would change the process. Besides, I've seen the same pickled fermented cucumbers cut, although lengthwise. However you cut them, it will be fine.
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How to store a 5 gallon bucket of pickle slices?

I'd transfer to pint mason jars and store in the refrigerator -- at least until I figured out what to do next.
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What's this off-white particulate stuff on my pickled asparagus?

From luv2garden.com: Powdery Mildew “appears as a dusty white to gray coating over leaf surfaces or other plant parts. In most cases this fungal growth can be partially removed by rubbing the leaves. ...
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Retarding Brine Pickle Fermentation

As you considered, lower temperature favors other organisms than lactic acid bacteria. If you slow the process of the LAB acidifying the brine, you’ll just get rotten cucumbers after waiting that long....
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Garlic Quick Pickle Too Spicy

Store-bought pickles are most likely, at minimum, cooked in canning them for shelf-stable storage. "Roasting" (so-called, it's more like steaming in the oven with a little caramelization, as ...
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How to store a 5 gallon bucket of pickle slices?

Given the rectangular shape of a refrigerator, I'd transfer into rectangular, stackable, smaller containers that can lurk at the back of many shelves, rather than one big hulking bucket on the bottom ...
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

Switch your pickling method to the old-fashioned crock method. In it, prepare your brine nice and salty, and pour over your crock of cukes which is no more than 3/4 full, so that the brine is at least ...
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Problem storing Kosher Dill pickles

Pickles will ferment at around 65 - 72F The temperature can go lower overnight but needs to rise during the day. Get a thermometer to test places like cupboards, kitchen for the temperature range you ...
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