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Zaydee's pickles

berel Jul 29, 2011 06:08 AM

made a batch of homemade pickles this morning, thought you guys would like to see


  1. berel Aug 1, 2011 06:06 AM

    the progress, 5th day

    1. bagelman01 Jul 29, 2011 06:48 AM

      looks like they'll be just right in about 10 days......................
      with my 14 year old those jars would last about 1 week.
      so, if I put the brisket in to pickle now it should be ready with the pickles for shabbos nachamu

      11 Replies
      1. re: bagelman01
        berel Jul 29, 2011 06:57 AM

        probably ready in a week. my 29 year old son and his two boys will knock them off in one sitting

        1. re: berel
          bagelman01 Jul 29, 2011 07:08 AM

          I figured 10 days as we like them towards full sour with deli.
          I'll be making mine mid August. Planyed late this year

          1. re: bagelman01
            berel Jul 29, 2011 07:55 AM

            price of kirby cucs has been high. I finally found them for .99 a lb this morning (not a great price but better than $1.19)

            1. re: berel
              robocop Jul 29, 2011 08:36 AM


              Why don't you give us your recipe?

              1. re: robocop
                berel Jul 29, 2011 09:02 AM

                here's the recipe

                a one gallon jar
                approx 5 lbs of kirby cucs
                kosher salt
                pickling spice
                fresh garlic cut in pieces

                directions: put pickling spice, cut up garlic in bottom of jar
                fill gallon jar with pickles (make sure they don't float around (best to wedge them in but be careful not to squish or break them)
                I usually put a vertical batch at the bottom of the jar with a horizantel layer in the middle to top and fill in the "hole" at the top with the pickles anyway I can get them in (they shouldn't float). if I have gaps I use cut-up celery to fill them

                Brine: 4 teaspoons of kosher salt to 4 cups of water (quart)
                pour in the brine to the jar to the top
                seal the jar
                check water level in jar every couple of days (you may have to add some water)
                7-10 days Pickles!

                1. re: berel
                  menton1 Jul 29, 2011 09:24 AM

                  Can you pickle onions in this way? I've been trying to do onions for herring but they always come out too vinegar-y/ Perhaps without the vinegar altogether it will resemble the ones in Russ & Daughters?

                  Also-- looks like you did not use canning jars-- how did you get these to seal airtight?

                  1. re: menton1
                    berel Jul 29, 2011 09:32 AM

                    you can "pickle" anything this way, I don't know how they will taste

                    I also pickle green tomatoes(from my garden) in September. They take at least 4-6 weeks to really pickle. They're 1000% better than any pickled tomato u can buy in a store

                    I don't make them airtight, the cucs actually release gas as they pickle and the jar needs "room" to expand , which is why the water gets pushed out and you have to add water a couple of days.

                    1. re: berel
                      menton1 Jul 29, 2011 12:52 PM

                      Do you let them sit at room temp or in the fridge?

                      1. re: menton1
                        berel Jul 29, 2011 01:36 PM

                        room temp till they're ready to eat. then the fridge. they won't pickle in the (or not as fast) in the fridge

                        1. re: berel
                          menton1 Jul 29, 2011 02:11 PM

                          Ok. But I tried pickling tomatoes out of the fridge last year, and they spoiled!

                          1. re: menton1
                            berel Jul 29, 2011 03:07 PM

                            green tomatoes or ripe tomatoes?

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