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Grandma's secret to perfectly crunchy pickles revealed

Grandma's method for pickled cucumbers
Grandma's method for pickled cucumbers
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4 July 2024 17:03

Soon, cucumber pickling season will begin. So, it's good to know our grandmothers' rule. It will make the pickles firm, aromatic, and full of flavour.

Pickled cucumbers are an integral part of the cuisine. They are not only delicious but also healthy—they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as probiotics that positively affect our gut flora. Thanks to the pickling process, the vitamin C content in cucumbers increases, strengthening the immune system. This addition will be appealing to anyone maintaining a healthy diet.

Pickled cucumbers are low in calories and are also a great snack. However, it's worth knowing a few tried-and-true preparation methods to enjoy their taste and nutritional values all year round. One of them is the grandmother's "3 times 3" rule.

How to pickle cucumbers? Grandma’s method works

Many grandmothers have their kitchen secrets for fluffy cakes or crunchy pickles. In the case of cucumbers, the key to success is selecting the suitable samples. Choose fresh, young, medium-sized ones with intensely green skins. Avoid overgrown and yellowish ones, which soften quickly.

Moreover, it's worth soaking the cucumbers in ice-cold water before pickling. Leave the vegetables for a few hours, or preferably overnight. This step is what will make the cucumbers exceptionally crunchy.

What is the "3 times 3" rule about?

The three-times-three method works best in the pickling process. It involves adding 3 kg of fresh cucumbers to 3 litres of water and 3 tablespoons of salt. The vegetables will have an even deeper flavour if you add a few cloves of garlic, horseradish leaves and root, and a sprig of dill.

How do you pickle cucumbers using grandma's method? First, choose the right cucumbers. The best for pickling are those that are medium-sized, firm, and undamaged. Soak them in water, then boil 3 litres of water and add salt. Once the salt dissolves, set the brine aside to cool.

Place horseradish leaves, garlic cloves, and a dill sprig at the bottom of a large jar. Arrange the cucumbers closely together, interspersing them with the remaining ingredients. Once the brine is cool, pour it over the cucumbers, ensuring they are all submerged. Cover the jar with gauze or seal it in a cool place for a few days.

The pickling time for cucumbers depends on individual taste preferences. Lightly pickled cucumbers will be ready in two to three days, while more intensely flavoured ones need a few weeks.

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