How To: The Quick & Simple Dill Pickle

 Photo courtesy of Serious Eats

Photo courtesy of Serious Eats

The pickle hasn’t been untouched by the artisan food revolution. Pickles have been subject to constant innovation and transformation by chefs and wholesale food producers. This leaves the simple dill pickle forgotten, paled in comparison to its flavorful cousins. The dill pickle can be a satisfying addition to any sandwich, burger or wrap with its crisp texture and flavors.

To make a crisp, delightful pickle, start with a basic brine of equal parts water and white vinegar. Add a tablespoon of salt to the mixture, then flavor with garlic, black peppercorns and fresh dill. Bring the brine to a boil, and then pour over your sliced vegetables and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Be sure that when your cucumbers are sitting in the brine, they are fully submerged. A folded napkin or paper towel can rest above your brine to help ensure that the flavors are evenly distributed. For an extra kick, try adding some yellow mustard seeds and red pepper flakes.

This method gives you a fresh, flavorful pickle and is simple enough that it can be done right before you start cooking your main course. These pickles are also great to prepare in bulk and can be stored for up to one month with this method.

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