What is the best cucumber for pickling?

What is the best cucumber for pickling?

Pass over long, thin-skinned varieties, like English hothouse cucumbers. "I like to use medium-to-small-sized Kirby cukes," says Brad. The Kirby variety has a thicker skin that can stand up to the pickling liquid, and remains crunchy, with a good snap, long after it's been preserved.

What to do with pickling cucumbers that are too big?

These oversized cucumbers are perfect recipes calling for chopped or shredded cucumber. Peel and quarter them. Cut out the entire seed cavity and chop or shred up the rest. This can be used for making cucumber-yogurt soup, Green gazpacho or tzatziki sauce.

How Big Should I let pickling cucumbers get?

If you are harvesting pickling cucumbers to make sweet pickles or gherkins, harvest them when they are about two inches long. If you plan to make dill pickles, a good rule of thumb is to harvest when the cucumbers are three to four inches long.

When should I pick pickling cucumbers?

Start harvesting pickler cucumbers when they are 2 to 3 inches long, and don't let the fruit grow to more than 4 or 5 inches long....

  1. Picking cucumbers make for teriffic eating straight out of the garden or chilled in a salad. ...
  2. Dwarf pickling cucumbers do well and look good in containers.

What to do with pickling cucumbers other than pickles?

Preserving Cucumbers without Pickling

  1. Cucumber Salsa. I think this will be great to use as a side dish or garnish with meals throughout the year. ...
  2. Crispy Cucumber Chips. ...
  3. Garlic Dill Cucumber Chips. ...
  4. Cucumber Mint Jam. ...
  5. Cucumber Seeds for Health and Snacks.

Why is it called a pickle and not a pickled cucumber?

Pickles have been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as 2030 BC when cucumbers from their native India were pickled in the Tigris Valley. The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch pekel or northern German pókel, meaning “salt” or “brine,” two very important components in the pickling process.

How do you keep pickled cucumbers crisp?

5 Secrets for Crispy and Crunchy Pickles

  1. Use small, firm cucumbers. This is, hands-down, the most important! ...
  2. Jar them immediately after picking, or as soon as possible. ...
  3. Soak cucumbers in an ice water bath for a couple hours. ...
  4. Cut off the blossom end of cucumber. ...
  5. Add tannins to the jar.

Why do my cucumbers taste like metal?

Also asked, why do my cucumbers taste like metal? Cucumbers—and other members of the pumpkin and gourd family—produce a compound called cucurbitacins that can impart a bitter taste.