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Let's start by explaining what you should pay attention to when choosing cucumbers or gherkins to use before we get to work. It is very important that the materials you use are in the freshest form. It is important that they are cucumbers that you can easily break in half, that you do not see white or yellowed colors in the middle, and that is not very soft. Do not forget that especially the larger ones are less crunchy and will soften more easily as they will absorb more water and salt while pickling. Therefore, be careful to choose as much as possible fresh and firm cucumbers.
If you have cucumbers, remove the flowers from the stems. Then transfer it into a bowl filled with clean water and leave it in this way for 10-15 minutes. Then wash it several times. After making sure that it is completely clean, drain it and dry it well. We are ready to move on to pickle-making!
You can dry the pickle with vinegar or lemon if you wish.
Required ingredients to make 1 kg of pickled cucumbers:
· 1 kg gherkins or small cucumbers
· 1/3 cup of rock salt
· 1 cup apple cider vinegar
· 7 cloves of garlic
· 5 glasses of drinking water
· 1 teaspoon of citric acid
Required ingredients needed to make 3 kg of pickled cucumbers:
· 3 kg gherkins or small cucumbers
· 1 cup of rock salt
· 3 cups apple cider vinegar
· 1 headful of garlic
· 15 cups (approximately 3 liters) of drinking water
· 1 teaspoon of citric acid
To make crispy pickled cucumbers with vinegar, first, sterilize your jars completely. Then place your gherkins or cucumbers upright in the jar. Put some garlic in between. Transfer rock salt, citric acid, and vinegar into a saucepan and mix well. When the salt melts, remove it from the stove, and be careful not to reach the full boiling point, but to melt it in the salt. Then transfer this mixture you prepared into the jar. Close the lid and shake well. Turn the jar upside down and leave for half an hour at room temperature.
After setting the pickles, place them in a cool and dry place out of sunlight and leave them without opening the lid for the first 10 days. In this way, you will prevent them from deteriorating, as they will not be ventilated. How long does it take for the pickles to be ready? you will say. This period will vary between 15 days and 2.5 months, depending on the materials you set up for the pickle.
How long do pickles last? If you say so, it will last for an average of 6 months as long as you provide the appropriate storage conditions. If you wish, you can add apples or chickpeas to make them last longer. You can also put dill, parsley, and vine leaves.
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