You may be surprised to see ‘pickles’ in this list of snacks. Aside from an excellent ingredient for burgers, sandwiches or salads, pickles are also a healthy snack on their own. They are good, especially if you are aiming to lose weight or if you are following the vegan or vegetarian diet. Instead of munching on store-bought chips and other junk foods, snack on pickles and enjoy the benefits.
Health Benefits of Pickles
The pickles themselves and the juice come with numerous health benefits. Just like many vegetables, cucumbers are almost all water. They contain a little bit of fat and a high concentration of vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, and K. They can also provide you with calcium and potassium.
Snacking on pickles can definitely help you lose weight, improve digestion, ease muscle cramps, curb sugar spikes, and fight diseases.
Instead of buying pickles in a jar, why not try to pickle them yourself? This way, you will be able to control the sodium content.
What’s the Best Type of Cucumber to Use?
There are different types of cucumber, but I suggest you use Kirby or Persian. Both of these are crunchy. But if you want to avoid the seeds, you might as well go for the Persian. They are usually straight, so you can easily pack them in a jar or any container.Print
You don’t need to have a fancy snack to be healthy. As simple as homemade refrigerator pickles can do the trick.
1 pound Persian cucumbers
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 sprigs fresh dills
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon salt
- Trim ends of the cucumbers. You can leave them just like that or you may also opt to slice them into spears.
- Arrange them in a glass jar along with the garlic and dills.
- Combine water, salt, and vinegar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Once the salt is fully dissolved, remove from heat.
- Pour over the cucumbers in the jar.
- Wait until the brine has cooled off completely. Refrigerate.
After 2 hours in the fridge, you can eat your pickles. But take note that the longer they are soaked in water, the better they’d taste.
- Method: Pickling
What’s the Best Vinegar to Utilize?
In this recipe, we used the white one since it is not too strong. But you can also substitute it with apple cider vinegar. You can use pretty much any type of vinegar. But if you opt to choose stronger-tasting brands or types, you can expect the color of the cucumbers to change. You wouldn’t want too much acid, so be careful when choosing a vinegar to use.
The ‘Pickling Time’
It would take at least a couple of hours for the pickling to kick in. But if you are not in a hurry, you can leave your pickles for about 24 hours. That should be more than enough time for the pickles to absorb the brine. They would taste soooo good. That’s for sure!
Homemade refrigerator pickles should last for about a week. That is if you haven’t consumed them all by then! 🙂