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10 Things You Didn't Know About Pickling
  1. The word pickle comes from the Dutch word ‘pekel’ or northern German ‘pókel,’ meaning salt or brine.
  2. Archeologists and anthropologists believe that the ancient Mesopotamians pickled their food.
  3. The first mason jar, a popular glass used for pickling, was patented by John Mason in 1858.
  4. 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.
  5. You don’t have to wait until spring to pickle. Any Fall fruit or vegetable can be pickled (even eggs!) so get creative. 
  6. Dress up your pickle brine with some color and flavor—fresh and dried ingredients can be used.
  7. Henry Heinz, the “pickle king,” lobbied for new food safety regulations so his competitors could no longer sell similar products with dangerous additives.
  8. Foggy brine? It might be because you’re using table salt with additives. Try using pure sea salt or kosher salt, instead.
  9. Thomas Jefferson has been quoted as saying that he knew “nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle.”
  10. Using cider vinegar will produce a milder flavor than white wine vinegar, but it will also darken the color of your produce.  


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