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10 Things You Didn't Know About Pickling
- The word pickle comes from the Dutch word ‘pekel’ or northern German ‘pókel,’ meaning salt or brine.
- Archeologists and anthropologists believe that the ancient Mesopotamians pickled their food.
- The first mason jar, a popular glass used for pickling, was patented by John Mason in 1858.
- Pickling was often used to preserve food for sailors during their long journeys and is believed to have helped ward off scurvey during Columbus’ voyages of discovery.
- You don’t have to wait until spring to pickle. Any Fall fruit or vegetable can be pickled (even eggs!) so get creative.
- Dress up your pickle brine with some color and flavor—fresh and dried ingredients can be used.
- Henry Heinz, the “pickle king,” lobbied for new food safety regulations so his competitors could no longer sell similar products with dangerous additives.
- Foggy brine? It might be because you’re using table salt with additives. Try using pure sea salt or kosher salt, instead.
- Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying that he knew “nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle.”
- Using cider vinegar will produce a milder flavor than white wine vinegar, but it will also darken the color of your produce.