Introduction: Probiotic Rich Dill Pickles
Lacto-fermentation is a traditional method of making pickles without using vinegar. Pickles made in this manner are alive and rich in probiotics. In this age of antibiotics we all need whatever extra help we can get in making sure the balance of the flora growing in our intestines is as helpful to our absorption and production of nutrients as possible.
Fermentation with lactic acid is also a very safe way to preserve your foods. Please enjoy this recipe, if you would like more information on lactic-acid fermentation and the health benefits of such foods please visit my site www.helladelicious.com.
Step 1: Wash Cucumbers
For 8-10 small cucumbers use about two jars and 1 quart (litre) of brine. Wash your cucumbers to help clean off any unwanted extra ingredients.
Step 2: Prepare Brine
Using an old olive oil bottle (any bottle that is about 1 litre or 1 quart will do, make sure it has a good lid).
For one quart (litre) of water add about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of salt. I prefer to use Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt. Shake the bottle of water well to make sure all of the salt is dissolved.
It is best to use filtered water or water that is un-chlorinated, if you don't have a filter, let the water stand overnight, the chlorine will evaporate.
Step 3: Prepare Spices
- small handful fennel seeds
- 6-10 black peppercorns
- 1 T mustard seeds
- 5-7 cloves
- 5-6 cloves of garlic, sliced
- dill flower heads and leaves
- small handful of coriander seeds
- 1 horseradish root, sliced
- cinnamon bark
Step 4: Poke Cucumbers
Poke the cucumbers with a fork about three times on various sides. This will help the brine to penetrate the cucumber more quickly.
Step 5: Stuff Jars
Squeeze as many cucumbers as you can into each jar. Pack them in tightly. If they are poking too much out of the jar, you can also cut them in half. They will need to be in far enough to have the brine fully covering them.
Step 6: Add Brine
Pour the brine in over the cucumbers and spices. Make sure that the brine covers the ends of the cucumbers by at least 1/2 an inch (1 1/2 cm).
Step 7: Allow to Ferment
Close the jar tightly with a lid and set in a warm place (out of direct sunlight) in your kitchen for about 3 days or until the bubbles subside.
Place the jars into a cool place or a cellar for at least 6 weeks before eating. Once you have opened the jar, keep it in the fridge.
Easy and delicious! Other vegetables can also be made in this manner, like asparagus, cauliflower, pearl onions....
This is a much more affordable, practical and delicious method to use to make sure you have healthy bacterial growing in your intestinal garden than buying expensive and often useless supplements!
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