Are you looking for a traditional, deli-style pickle? The secret to that unique and delicious flavor is fermenting! Here’s a simple recipe for fermented pickles that are water-bath canned. Canning fermented pickles is a simple way to preserve these flavorful pickles for long termstorage.
Canning and fermenting?
There are a few different ways of making pickles.
- Vinegar-based pickles are quick and easy. They use the acidity of vinegar as a preservative.
- Storage fermented pickles will last for up to a year in a cool dark location. The secret is to use a good recipe and high-quality jars.
- Salt-brined pickles are a very simple and traditional recipe. While they are often stored for several months without any issues, it is equally common to water bath can salt-brined pickles after fermenting.
This recipe uses a blend of fermenting for flavor, then canning for preservation.
Why Can Fermented Pickles
There are tons of reasons why people can fermented pickles.
- It’s great option for anyone who loves fermented pickle flavor, but isn’t comfortable with leaving pickles to ferment for several months.
- A great option if you only make pickles every few years.
- Perfect for gifts!
- This recipe is really a gardener’s best friend. Just pick the cucumbers as they ripen, and add them to your fermenting crock. Then, water bath can all the pickles at the end of cucumber season.
What about the probiotics?
Unfortunately, canning fermented pickles means that they are no longer probiotic. Canning kills all the microbes (good and bad). However, canned pickles will last in your cupboard for at least 18 months and still have that delicious traditional pickle flavor.Print
Canning Fermented Pickles
Want to enjoy the flavor of fermented pickles all year long? This recipe involves a quick fermentation for flavor, then uses a boiling water bath canner to preserve the pickles in their brine. These shelf-stable pickles will last in your cupboard for a very long time!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: Approx. 3 quart jars
- Category: Pickles
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Polish
- Diet: Vegan
- 2 lbs pickling cucumbers
- 1 liter (4 cups) of water
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of non-iodized salt
- 2 dill flowers or sprigs of dill weed
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 tsp pickling spices (optional)
- Tannins (see notes)
- Wash the cucumbers and trim off the blossom ends. Cut up the larger cucumbers as required.
- Pack cucumbers into a container for fermenting. (See notes for more details).
- If you are fermenting in several jars (rather than 1 large crock), divide the spices between the jars. For example, in a large mason jar, add in 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1 sprig of dill, and 1 tsp of pickling spice.
- Combine water, vinegar and salt to make a brine.
- Pour the brine over the cucumbers.
- Allow to ferment somewhere cool and dark for 2-3 weeks. If you are open air-fermenting (see notes) check the pickles every 2-3 days, and skim off the foam/scum and top up the brine as needed. The pickles are finished when they have changed from bright green to dull green and have a delicious fermented flavor.
- Remove the pickles from the brine. Then strain the brine into a small pot, discarding the dill, spices and garlic.
- Pack the pickles into canning jars.
- Bring the strained brine to a boil and pour over the pickles, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.
- Using snap lids, process the jars in a boiling water canner (10 minutes for 500 mL (pint) jars and 15 minutes for 1 L (quart) jars).
- Tannins: Pickles will become soft and mushy over time. While removing the blossom end helps, you can also add a source of tannins like a grape leaf, 2 Tbsp of grated horseradish root, or a pinch of black tea.
- Jars: You can find more information on the different containers that can be used for fermenting pickles here.
- Water bath canning: If this is your first time canning, check out this post for more information.
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