Do you love pickles? If they’re one of your favorite treats, you might want to learn a bit more about them, including when they were first introduced to the public. Although you probably already know that a pickle starts as a cucumber, there are many other exciting things to learn about pickles.
So the next time you go to eat one, you’ll remember what you’ve learned from this blog, and you can share that knowledge with others! In case you missed this post, Quick Pickled Cucumbers
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The Start of the Pickle
It might seem like pickles became popular several decades or centuries ago, but there is reason to believe they’ve been around since as early as 2030 BC. That was an incredibly long time ago! At that time, cucumbers growing in India were pickled and then served.
However, they probably weren’t always called pickles from the beginning because the name pickle comes from the word Pokel, which is German and means salt or salty. People in India wouldn’t have known that.
While pickles have existed for ages, it’s now easier than ever before to find different varieties. If you love pickles, there’s a good chance that you like to switch it up from time to time, trying different types of pickles to see which ones are your absolute favorite.
The Many Types of Pickles
You can find pickles in plastic or glass containers that are readily available at the supermarket. There are several variations available for customers to buy. One of the most popular types of pickles is the kosher dill pickle.
It has a slightly tangy taste with the perfect texture to go with nearly anything, including hamburgers, lunchmeat sandwiches, and more. People will often chop these pickles into pieces and add them to their salads, such as macaroni and pasta salad.
Although the kosher dill pickles are a top choice, they’re not the only ones you can easily find and enjoy. Sweet Bread and Butter pickles add a lovely touch to any sandwich. So if you like that sweeter taste over a zesty and slightly tangy flavor, these are the kinds of pickles worth buying for your household. They’re available in spears and chips, but you might be able to find whole sweet pickles, too.
Sour pickles are available for people who love that tangy taste. Spicy pickles are available for people who want to get a bit of a kick when biting into one of their favorite treats.
If you don’t mind a bit of spice, you can try one of these spicy pickle options. Some are hotter than others, but it depends on the brand you choose and the types of ingredients used in the pickling process.
How to Make Them at Home
Besides buying delicious pickles at the grocery store, you can try to make them at home to see if you like the way your homemade batch of pickles will taste. Before you get started, you’ll need several cucumbers.
Rinse your cucumbers off, and then cut them to your liking. You might want to cut them into spears or circles, depending on what you prefer. After cutting the pickles, prepare your brine.
The pickle brine will typically consist of different ingredients, such as apple cider vinegar, dill seed, mustard seed, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Of course, you can add other elements, such as fresh dill and maple syrup.
The exact ingredients added to the brine for your pickles will depend primarily on the specific type of pickle you’re trying to prepare. For example, if you want them to taste spicy, you’d add more red pepper flakes, along with other spices that pack a punch.
It’s important to let your cucumber slices soak in the brine for an extended period. It allows the cucumbers to soak up the spice and juice flavors, ultimately transforming from cucumbers to pickles in the process.
The process is worth a try, especially if you’re a pickle lover who’d like to experiment with different flavors. Search for other recipes online that you can try. You can try a new recipe each week until you find the perfect one that leaves you with incredible pickles each time.
What to Do with Pickles
Pickles are the perfect food because they’re good for you, low in calories, and delicious. However, they’re also so versatile that you can do a lot with them. If you’re not sure what to do with pickles, consider trying some of these different options.
More people are trying and enjoying fried pickles than ever before. Toss your pickles in seasoned flour and place them in oil, allowing the batter to become crispy before placing them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
You can serve them right away with a dipping sauce of your choice. If you want them to be extra crunchy, dip them in flour, egg, and then into panko breadcrumbs before tossing them into the hot oil.
Pickles are the perfect topping for many different foods, including hamburgers and hot dogs. You can slice them into thin pieces and add them to a burger or chop them into small pieces and place them on top of your hoagie. They can also add flavor and texture to your favorite sandwich, like ham and cheese with mayo.
Mark and I love to add pickle pieces to our mixtures used in sandwiches like chicken salad, tuna, egg salad, and more. Mark particularly likes the bread and butter pickles, I really enjoy dills.
Dice your pickles and add them to your family’s pasta salad recipe. The diced pickles add the perfect tangy touch to a salad consisting of pasta, mayo, hard-boiled egg, and seasonings.
While there are so many things to do with pickles, these are a few great options. You may also want to prepare pickle soup, make bread pickle pieces to bake in the oven or prepare in the air fryer, and even make your thin-sliced pickle chips.
If you’re a pickle lover, know that they’ve been around for a long time, and lots of people love them for their texture and taste. You can make them at home using cucumbers and brine or buy them at the store, whichever you prefer. When you have pickles at home, you can prepare different recipes using pickles as a critical ingredient. May God Bless this world, Linda