Or: How Making Pickles Can Be Easier Than Fixing a Bowl of Cold Cereal.
I think you're aware that this is the time of year when people are being so domestic and canning fruit, making jam or pickling cucumbers but I'm going to share with you a secret that will probably change your view on making homemade pickles. Forever.
You see here to the right a picture of the very best pickles on the planet. Boar's Head Sweet Pickle Chips with Horseradish. Now normally I'm not one to sing the joys of horseradish, I've always thought it a bit of a nasty except when accompanied by a big fat slab of prime rib. However, I have made an exception because these pickles are really tasty, as in "I'm going to finish off the jar now thank you very much."
But what you don't realize that this jar is unsatisfactorily small and it only took me about three sittings to eat all my tasty pickles, leaving me sad and confused. And it didn't help that Spencer discovered how good they are and now likes them too. Not enough to go around.
Solution? Save that precious brine and throw in more cucumbers and you'll have more pickles in no time at all! It's so easy I'm surprised it took me this long to figure it out but the brine is just vinegar, spices and horseradish so it's pretty much indestructible. When the world has ended there will still be brine so why not reuse it and get your money's worth?
You'll want to use pickling cucumbers if you can because they're small and dense and suited for pickling but you can still use other kinds if necessary (I would think English cucumbers would be better than the regular variety). Slice 'em up and stick them in a jar with your reserved brine (any brand will do), wait about 10 days and you're ready to go.
Isn't that jar so pretty? You'd think I'd actually done something time consuming. To me they even taste fresher and better than the originals.
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