One of the great things about pickles is that anyone, and I DO mean anyone, can make their own right in their own home. There is no special skill and just a bit of pickling knowledge needed. You will also need just a few simple to get, cheap items that you can find at most of your local shopping outlets. Not only is making pickles fun, but you will save money as well, and impress your friends and neighbors. There really is no good reason that you shouldn�t learn to make pickles at home. So let�s take a look at some of the items that you will need to get started.
First off, you will need some pickling jars, some lids, and some rings. These can be found in a number of places, including various online stores. You will also need a water bath canner; this is basically just a large pot that will be used to create the seal on your pickle jars. I also highly recommend purchasing a pair of tongs; it will help you to avoid getting burned. This is really all of the equipment that you need to get started. So now we need to decide what we want to pickle. Wait, pickles are just made from cucumbers right? Right, but you can pickle a whole lot of other things, including fruits, other veggies, and sometimes even meats; pickling cucumbers is just the beginning. However, there are also many tasty variations of your classic dill cucumber pickles, my personal favorites being spicy garlic pickles. There are many other items that can make your pickling go much smoother, however, they are purely optional. They may just be able to make your life a little bit easier.
So now you have all of the items that you need to pickle, what�s next? Well for your first batch, it will be best to pickle cucumbers, they are considered the easiest items to pickle, and quite frankly they are the hardest to mess up. Your main ingredients will consist of vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, and the rest is up to you, and your recipe. You are free to add items such as sliced onions, garlic cloves, bunches of dill, etc. Whatever flavor you want your pickles to have, is up to you and your imagination.
Once you have completed your pickles and sealed them in your pickling jars, the only thing left for you to do is wait. The time for cucumbers to pickle is usually from 4 to 6 weeks, but it does not hurt to wait a little longer rather than shorter, just to be safe. Once the 4 to 6 weeks has elapsed, open up a jar, and enjoy your creation! Why stop there though; share your pickles with your friends, family, or even the people you work with. You will be amazed at how people react to homemade pickles. People just love things that are homemade, especially things they don�t know how to make themselves. But they don�t have to know how easy it was, so enjoy the compliments and especially enjoy the pickles.
Once you have pickled cucumbers once or twice, you may want to try pickling something else, such as asparagus, or watermelon rind. Yes, you can pickle watermelon rind, and it is actually quite good. The sky becomes the limit with what you can pickle, and all of the different ways that you can pickle it. Spicy carrot pickles, crunchy cucumber pickles, garlicky pickled eggs, the choice is yours. I hope you try out pickling for yourself, and see just how fun and tasty it can be. If you are not sure where to start, you may want to check out my Ultimate Guide to Pickling for step by step instructions and over 30 recipes for you to try.
About the Author: Jonathan Heusman grew up with a family of picklers, and enjoys helping others learn how great pickling is. You can purchase his comprehensive pickling guide at The Ultimate Guide to Pickling
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