How To Make Pickles
Pickling since long has been done in homes for preserving fruits and vegetables. It is considered to be the earliest form of preserving food. Earlier, man found out that salt, sugar and vinegar can preserve the fruits and vegetables longer. Hence, he started making use of these ingredients during pickling and found how to make pickles easily.
The most important aspect of pickles is that it should crunchy and have a wonderful taste. For this salt is the most necessary ingredient. And this is not any ordinary salt. But a special pickling salt is used for the pickling purposes. Moreover, when selecting the fruit or the vegetable to be pickled, care has to be taken that it is fresh, about medium sized and a bit thick skinned in case of limes.
In making pickles some of the equipment that is required is generally the same for all pickles. Only the spices and the fruit may vary. The equipment includes jars with lids, pickling salt, fruit or vegetable to be pickled, spices such as mustard seeds, cumin seeds, allspice, cloves, garlic, etc, oil, vinegar, water bath, etc. There are different types in which the pickle can be made. How to make cucumber pickle is explained below;
Wash the cucumbers well and remove the top and the bottom of each of them. Slice the cucumbers. Place them in a sink or tub. Add salt to it. After about 2 hours remove the cucumbers and discard the liquid. In a large cooking pot, mix well mustard seeds, vinegar, sugar, water, and other ingredients mentioned as per the specific recipe. Put the cucumbers in sterilized jars and pour the hot mixture over them leaving just half a centimeter space at the top. Place the jars in boiling water for about 10 minutes for further process. Store in a cool and dark place for about 2 months and then the pickle is ready to consume.
Sweet pickles are another kind of pickles. They are made with almost the same ingredients as cucumber pickle except that the quantity of sugar used is much higher in sweet pickles.
How to make pickles with lime; The ingredients used for lime pickles are lemons, sugar, salt, spices, oil, chili powder and ginger. How to make these kinds of pickles is a very easy job. The lemons are cut in quarters. All the other ingredients are mixed well in a cooking pot. The mixture is boiled. The limes are placed in sterilized jars and the mixture is added to it. In a period of 8 weeks the pickle is ready to consume.
Similar to the lime pickle, green tomato pickles are also made. Pickles can be made from many other fruits and vegetables such as mango, raw mango, tomato etc.
How to make pickles is not a problem as the recipe is very simple, only the ingredients change. Hence a number of variations can be easily tried while making pickles. The taste and flavor of the pickles is of foremost importance. And this depends upon the ingredients. Hence, careful selection of ingredients is required.