Nothing compares to crunchy, sweet and sour homemade pickles flavored with your favorite herbs and spices! And though it's so easy to pick up a jar at the grocery, there's simply something satisfying about making your very own pickles right in your own kitchen.
Aside from its wonderful flavor and texture, pickles and other fermented food in general, is bursting with probiotics that gives the body a health boost. According to Organic Facts, pickles provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, helping keep diabetes and liver diseases at bay while boosting digestion.
For parents who are looking for an easy pickle recipe for kids, cucumber pickles is a great thing to start with. If you're a homemade pickle newbie, you might want to start with a simple recipe that would give you a jar of basic pickles. Once you get the hang of it, you can try the more complicated recipes that would result in different variations.
Homemade Natural Fermented Pickles (My Humble Kitchen)
This Homemade Natural Fermented Pickles recipe from My Humble Kitchen is one of the the simplest easy pickle recipe for kids you can find online. All it requires are cucumbers, herbs, pickling spice and salt. Just a heads up, this is a brine pickle, so don't expect it to have that sweet and sour taste that vinegar pickles do.
"Homemade Natural Fermented Pickles are simple to make, taste sensational, and are nourishing to our bodies."
- 24 (or so) small 4"-5" pickling cucumbers
- 6 cloves garlic, ends removed and smashed
- 6 bay leaves
- 2 1/2 tbls pickling spice (cloves, coriander, allspice, pepper, mustard seeds)
- Fresh Dill
- 6 tbls large granule sea salt (kosher salt)
Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles (My Bacon-Wrapped Life)
For those who adore sweet and sour pickles with a little kick of spice, you might want to try this easy recipe Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles recipe from My Bacon-Wrapped Life. It's basically cucumber slices cured in a pickling solution of vinegar, sugar and salt. Turmeric gives this recipe a touch of yellow tint and the herbs and spices makes it a treat!
"These sweet and spicy refrigerator pickles are truly awesome. They’re a bread and butter version, loaded up with lots of vinegar and spices and a little sugar and just the right amount of heat from some red chili flakes. They’re sweet and spicy and crunchy and just so full of flavor."
- 5 ½ cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers (about 1.5 pounds at the store)
- 1 ½ tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup white vinegar
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. mustard seeds
- ½ tsp. celery seeds
- 1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
- ½ tsp. red chili flakes
Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles (The Creekside Cook)
The Creekside Cook has a recipe called Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles. This is a lot similar in flavor to store-brought pickles. If you're making this for kids, you might want to reduce the pepper and completely eliminate the red pepper flakes required in the recipe. This is a great pickle recipe for those who are still trying to get the hang of pickling vegetables at home.
"Fresh dill will make the best pickles, but you can use use a combination of dried dill and dill seed if that is all you can get your hands on. I think it’s pretty easy to find fresh dill right now though – they even have it in the supermarkets around us right now."
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 cup white or cider vinegar
- ½ cup pickling salt
- About 3 to 4 pounds of cucumbers - small pickling cukes are best
- 8 large heads of dill, or more if they are smaller
- 8 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
- 4 pinches red pepper flake
- about 20 black peppercorns
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Make sure that your jars are clean before you put in the cucumbers and pickling solution for refrigerator pickles. Though you don't need to sterilize them like you would have to if you're canning, using clean jars would result in pickles that would stay fresh longer.
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