I distinctly remember always being confounded at how most of my friends would remove the pickles from their burgers every time we ate out. To me, pickles were the perfect treat – they’re basically vegetables that barely taste as such at all! In fact, I used to keep a whole jar (big one too!) of pickles in the kitchen, snacking on them whenever I got the munchies at night. While they may have been store-bought, there’s nothing stopping me from making my own with Karin Reiter’s recipe for homemade pickles!
- 1 large glass jar
- 10-15 small cucumbers washed
- 1 head of garlic cloves separated
- 1 large bunch of dill -washed
- 1-2 red chillies
- White vinegar used for pickling
- Filtered water
- Wash the dill and cucumber.
- Line a jar with dill, garlic and chilli and pour 2 tbsp of vinegar on top.
- Place the cucumbers inside the jar, tightly next to each other. In between the cucumbers place a couple of crushed/smashed garlic , dill and chilli.
- Dissolve 2 flat tbsp of salt in 1/3 cup hot water water. Pour the salty water into ¾ cup of regular filtered water (you now have 1 cup of water all together).
- Pour the water on the cucumbers. Add in some more filtered water if needed; the cucumbers need to be covered in water.
- Close the lid, turn upside down once or twice and let it mix.
- Place the pickles outside (half sun, half shade) for about 5 days (if you’re currently experiencing winter, you might need 7 days).
- Taste the pickles when you think they are ready. You can then place them in your fridge for another 2-3 days till they are really ready and voilà – homemade pickles!
Pickles are an excellent addition to just about any meal, not just burgers! They add a certain zest and flavour that’s bound to turn even the blandest of foods around, so try adding them to dishes like salads, bread and even rice if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up. Being a fermented food, pickles are also a good source of probiotics, making them a good addition to the menu for people who tend to experience bloating or irregular bowel movements. Personally, I find them a great way to up my veggie intake without turning green in the face!