Flickrfan: Garlicky Dill Pickles

January 17, 2010

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These are some homemade pickles that I made along with my friend Heather in our fermentation class. These are true fermented pickles made with plenty of fresh dill and garlic. We made them by washing pickling cucumbers well in warm water and quartering them. We cleaned a plastic container very well and sprinkled a layer of pickling spices on the bottom of the container. We then packed the quartered cucumbers into the container and topped with more pickling spice, whole peeled garlic, and fresh dill. We then mixed up a salt brine and added a few ounces of sourdough starter to introduce the necessary bacteria to start fermentation. We poured the brine over the cucumbers until they were completely submerged. We carefully placed a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the brine and allowed to ferment at room temperature for 1 week. A week later the pickled turned from a fresh bright green to a brown-green and the flesh was soft and clear. The garlic had turned teal from the pickling process. We removed the pickles from the brine and mixed a new brine to store the pickles in. These are so incredibly flavorful. They’re both soft and crunchy and perfect with an oversized sandwich.

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