Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bittman's Kosher Pickles

Inspiration: A love for crisp pickles that still have a hint of cucumber, cucumbers from our CSA, and Mark Bittman's recipe.

  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 pounds small (“Kirby”) cucumbers, washed (scrub if spiny) and cut lengthwise into halves or quarters
  • At least 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large bunch dill, preferably fresh and with flowers, or substitute 2 tablespoons dried dill and 1 teaspoon dill seeds or 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1. Combine the salt and boiling water in a large bowl; stir to dissolve the salt. Add a handful of ice cubes to cool down the mixture, then add all the remaining ingredients.

2. Add cold water to cover. Use a plate slightly smaller than the diameter of the bowl and a small weight to hold the cucumbers under the water. Keep at room temperature.

3. Begin sampling the cucumbers after 4 hours if you’ve quartered them, 8 hours if you’ve cut them in half. In either case, it will probably take from 12 to 24 or even 48 hours for them to taste “pickle-y” enough to suit your taste.

4. When they are ready, refrigerate them, still in the brine. The pickles will continue to ferment as they sit, more quickly at room temperature, more slowly in the refrigerator. They will keep well for up to a week.

Notes: So easy, and a good way to use up those summer cucumbers. They're salty and tasty!

Liz's Rating: 8.5/10
Tim's Rating: 8/10


Joanne said...

I have so been meaning to make these! Thanks for the review.

Dunc said...

I thought the one post was a fluke, but maybe you're back in blogland?! Wooot! Gimme some pickles!

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