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How to Pickle Cucumbers in Vinegar

By Sara . Updated: June 3, 2018
How to Pickle Cucumbers in Vinegar

Very few people on this earth can claim that they don’t love cucumbers. The cool crunchy cucumber can be eaten in a number of ways such as raw in salad, in drinks like cucumber mojito, in soups, in sandwiches or even better, as a pickle. Pickled cucumbers or gherkins are a delight to munch on, and they are full of nutrients thanks to the fermentation process that brings out its probiotic properties.

They can be eaten as appetizers or during the meal as palate cleanser. The best thing about pickled cucumber is that you can simply make it at home during the peak season. Interested in making pickled cucumber then keep reading this oneHOWTO article to find out how to pickle cucumbers in vinegar.

Between 30 & 45 minutes low difficulty


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Steps to follow:


The first step to make pickle cucumbers in vinegar is to choose the right cucumber. While buying cucumbers make sure that they are fresh. Choose the ones which have thin skin and preferably the ones which are about the same size as the pickling jar.


Now that you have chosen the right cucumbers for pickling, the next step should be choosing a fermentation jar and sterilizing it. To sterilize the jars and the lids, boil a large pot of water.

Meanwhile, wash the cucumbers and then dry them. After that, cut off the end of the cucumber from where the flower grows. Then chop the cucumbers. In order to make pickles, cucumbers can be cut in two ways. One is cutting them vertically into four long stick like slices. The other way is to slice them into a round, coin-like shape.

How to Pickle Cucumbers in Vinegar - Step 2

Now take the spices, that is, the dill seeds, smashed garlic cloves and chili flakes and add them to the jar. Then, add the cucumber slices to the jar. Try to put in as many cucumbers in one jar as you can without breaking or smashing any.

Make sure that the cucumber does not reach till the top of the fermenting jar. There should be at least a half an inch gap between the top of cucumbers to pickle and the top of the jar.


The next step would be to prepare the pickling brine. To prepare the brine combine water, cider vinegar and pickling salt or kosher salt in a pan. Then bring the liquid over high heat. When it boils, pour it in the jar containing the cucumber and spices. Then tightly screw the lid on top of the jar.

How to Pickle Cucumbers in Vinegar - Step 4

Then let the jar rest till it cools down to room temperature. Then store them in the fridge. Wait for at least 48 hours before opening the jar. The taste of pickled cucumbers improves as it ages.

What to do with pickle juice once you've eaten it? Find out in this oneHOWTO article.

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