I have a hand-me-down canning cookbook from 1950s. It is well used, and tape now holds most the pages together, but it still has some inspiring recipes! My favourite recipe is for storing fermented pickles. All you have to do is pack the cucumbers into canning jarwith the brine, screw on the lid and then leave them sitting on a shelf until you are ready to eat them.
An offbeat fermented pickles recipe
This recipe is very different from the usual fermented pickles recipes. All you have to do is pack the pickles then store them. There’s no canning, preserving, or scum removal. And it makes the most delicious traditional-style pickles. It really is an amazing recipe.
(Side note: when I lived in Ireland we simply preserved jam by laying a piece of wax paper over the finished jam and screwing on a lid. I had about a 20% failure rate, which wasn’t bad considering there wasn’t any preservation involved.)Print
Grandma’s Fermented Pickles
This is a traditional recipe that makes storing fermented pickles really easy. Just pack them in a jar and leave them to ferment in a dark, cool location for up to 6 months! Skip the work of canning and enjoy probiotic pickles all winter long.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2-3 quart jars 1x
- Category: Pickles
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Polish
- 1 lbs pickling cucumbers
- 1/3 cup pickling salt
- 4 cups water (chlorine free)
- 2 cups of chlorine free water
- 1/4 cup vinegar (5% acidity)
- 2 tbsp pickling salt
Packing in the Jar
- 1 tsp grated horseradish (see notes for alternatives)
- 1 sprig of dill
- 1 tsp mustard seed
- Trim the blossom ends off the cucumbers.
- Mix the icing solution using cold water, and let the cucumbers soak in the icing solution over night. Keep the cucumbers submerged in the icing solution by weighing them down with bags of ice. This also helps to keep the cucumbers cold.
- Once you’ve set up the cucumbers for icing, mix the pickling brine ingredients (vinegar, salt and water), bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour the hot brine into a sterilized 1 quart mason jar and allow to cool over night.
- The next morning drain the cucumbers and pack them into the brine filled mason jar, along with the dill, horseradish and mustard. Leave at least 1 inch of headroom.
- Put a lid on the jar that will allow gas to escape while keeping out mold and other contaminates. (See notes for several suggestions.)
- Store the jar in a cool dark location.
- The pickles will bubble and ferment for 4-5 days, but leave them undisturbed until you are ready to eat them.
- I recommend leaving the pickles for at least a month to develop their flavour. I usually make about 10 quarts of these pickles to last us through the winter.
- Always be extra cautious with any long term ferment. Sanitize your jar. Don’t eat anything that looks or smells bad. And don’t add garlic because garlic is a botulism risk.
- The traditional recipe call for standard mason jarwith metal lid and jar ring. With the lid screwed on finger tight, the gasses will still be able to escape. I usually do a few jars this way for eating right away. I use a fido jar for pickles that are going to ferment for longer than a month. You could also use a mason jar with an airlock or a pickle-nipple lid (affiliate links.)
- If you don’t have horseradish you could use a pinch of black tea. It just helps prevent the pickles from getting too soft.
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