Have you picked a peck of peppers this summer with Peter Piper? Pickling your summer harvest will not only preserve your bounty, it will also give you a completely new and delicious flavor – not to mention all the health benefits that are added.
Pickling vegetables is a relatively easy job but you can use a few tips and tricks to ensure consistency in pickling. It's very important, for example, that you follow the recipe exactly. When you modify the amounts you risk spreading bacteria that cause spoilage. Cleaning of all the cooking utensils and jars in soft, soapy water is also essential.
There are also ingredients which are more suitable for pickling than others. If you don't have access to vegetables that are fresh in the garden, make sure you select the products that appear to be blemish-free and crisp. Keep in mind that there are different varieties if you want to pickle cucumbers. Pass on salad cucumbers or waxed ones and search for cucumbers to beat.
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