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Simple yet Flavorful Homemade Pickle Recipe

Recipe From Naturally
Savvy


 


Pickling is one of the oldest methods of food preservation
known to man, and it is believed to have originated from India around 4,000 to
5,000 years ago. Due to the lack of water and decrease of food production
during summertime, Indians learned to preserve their food by placing them in a
mixture of oil, salt and chili powder.[i]


 


Today, pickling is generally done by soaking vegetables
(mainly cucumbers) in a jar filled with vinegar. This allows the vegetables to
ferment and produce probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can help
support a healthy digestive system.[ii]


 


However, eating pickles this way can eventually become
mundane. This pickle recipe
from Naturally Savvy seeks to reinvigorate this classic snack, providing you
with a rich flavor that can be added to various dishes. The different herbs
help improve the aroma and nutritional profile as well.


 


Main Ingredients:


·        
Organic mini cucumbers,
enough to fill a jar of your choice


 


For the Brine
Solution:


·        
Raw apple
cider vinegar


·        
2 tablespoons of Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan Salt


·        
Dr. Mercola’s Kinetic Culture Starter packet for
vegetables


 


Dried or Fresh Spices
Blend:


·        
Fennel


·        
Pepper


·        
Mustard seeds


·        
Garlic


·        
Coriander


 


Fresh Herbs:


·        
Coriander


·        
Dill


 


To make the cucumbers
crunchy:


·        
Fresh oak or bay leaves (3 or 4 for the whole
jar)


 


Procedure:


 


1.      
Rinse your jar with boiling water to sterilize
it.


2.      
To make your brine, add 1/4 cup of apple cider
vinegar, the Kinetic Culture Starter (if using) and enough salt so that it’s
saturated (you should have some salt that doesn’t dissolve).


3.      
Add whichever spices you prefer to the jar.


4.      
Add the cucumbers into the jar, packing them
tightly.


5.      
Add the fresh herbs on top (coriander and dill).


6.      
Fill the rest of the jar with purified water.


7.      
Cover and place the jar in the fridge for 3 to 4
days.


 


Note: Be sure to
turn the jar over every day to get the spices on the top of the jar.


 


Cucumber
[TNAS1] Is the Classic Vegetable to Pickle


 


Cucumber is a versatile vegetable to have in your kitchen. It
can be added to various dishes and cooked in many ways. However, pickling
cucumber is perhaps one of the most well-known and convenient ways to prepare
it. But did you know that it can be beneficial to your health as well? Here are
a few reasons why you should eat cucumber:[TNAS2] 


 


·        
Support brain
health:
Cucumber contains a substance called fisetin, which may help
improve memory and protect your nerve cells from age-related decline.[iii]


·        
Weight
management:
Cucumber is very low in calories, yet it makes for a filling
snack because it is rich in fiber, which can help your stomach feel full longer
and help you eat less food.[iv]


·        
Fight
inflammation:
According to one study, cucumber can help control your body’s
inflammation response by inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes such as
cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2).[v] 


 


Use [TNAS3] Apple Cider Vinegar to Pickle the Cucumbers


 


As mentioned earlier, pickling in the United States mainly
involves vinegar. In the case of this recipe, apple cider vinegar is used. It’s
versatile and contains various health benefits, such as:


 


·        
Diabetes Management


 


The various acids in vinegar are
said to be antiglycemic, which may control blood sugar levels and be beneficial
for diabetics. The process isn’t exactly clear, but it is theorized that the acetic
acid found in vinegar may prevent the complete digestion of complex
carbohydrates, leading to blood sugar control.[vi]


 


·        
Support Heart
Health


 


Aside from controlling your blood
sugar levels, vinegar may protect your heart from cardiovascular disease when
consumed regularly. According to one study, its chlorogenic acid content may
help prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol in your system.


 


·        
Weight
Management


 


Just like cucumber, apple cider
vinegar can help manage your weight, too. According to one study, those who
added vinegar to a high-carb meal consumed 200 to 275 fewer calories in a day,
which roughly equates to a weight loss of 1.5 pounds per month.[vii]


 


·        
Support Digestive
Health


 


Common digestive problems such as
acid reflux are usually a result of having too little acid in your stomach. To
help improve your acid content, dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a
glass of water and drink it every day. Furthermore, it can help lower the risk
of harmful microbes from overgrowing in your gut, such as Candida.[viii]


 


Add Herbs and Spices to Improve the Flavor and the Aroma


 


Traditionally pickled vegetables usually contain salt and
vinegar only, which can become tiresome when eaten over and over. Instead, why
not add herbs and
spices
to improve the aroma and flavor? Not only will this make your
cucumbers more enjoyable, but more nutritious as well. This recipe uses the
following herbs and spices — feel free to experiment with the combinations:


 


·        
Fennel
[TNAS4] :
Known for its distinctive licorice flavor and fragrance, this European herb
contains a good amount of vitamin C, as well as smaller amounts of potassium
and folate.


·        
Pepper
[TNAS5] :
Using this spice can add a dash of heat to your pickles. It’s also rich in certain
nutrients, such as manganese, vitamin K, iron  and fiber.


·        
Mustard
[TNAS6] seeds:
This type of seed contains iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and
healthy fats that may help alleviate bronchitis, colds,
toothaches, ulcers and other stomach disorders.[ix]


·        
Coriander
[TNAS7] :
Its leaves are rich in antioxidants
such as polyphenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids that can act as natural
antihistamines, and may even help reduce pain and liver damage.[x]


·        
Dill
[TNAS8] :
This herb contains impressive levels of calcium that can help support healthy
bones and teeth, as well as good amounts of vitamins A and C.


 


About the Blog


 


Founded by two holistic
nutritionists and a trusted expert on healthy living, Naturally
Savvy’s
main focus is to make sure its readers eat organic and whole foods,
while learning how to integrate nutrition into their daily lives. The website
shares the latest news on heathy living, lessons about the harmful ingredients
lurking in various food items available today and other tips to make you and
your family live a happy and healthy life.

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