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general term for fruits or vegetables preserved in vinegar or brine, usually with spices or sugar or both. Vegetables commonly pickled include the beet, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, olive, onion, pepper, and tomato. Mixed pickles include piccalilli, chowchow, mustard pickles, and chutney. Dill pickles are cucumbers matured in a brine of dill leaves and seed heads. Sweet pickles are made from various fruits or vegetables—e.g., tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, or plums—with sugar added. Pickles have limited nutritional value and are often used as appetizers. Before the invention of refrigeration they served as a sort of winter substitute for salads. Cucumbers, the most commonly pickled of all vegetables, are placed underripe in 10% brine, allowed to undergo a lactic acid fermentation, soaked in hot water to remove excess salt, and then covered with vinegar and other ingredients. In a wider sense, a pickle is an acid or saline liquid, such as brine or saltpeter for meat, limewater or water glass for eggs, brandy for fruit, or alcohol for laboratory specimens.



a vegetable marinated in vinegar and spices, which is served as a relish with meat and fish dishes. Pickles with an acetic acid content of 0.6-1.2 percent are pasteurized at 85°C to prevent them from spoiling during storage. Pickles with an acetic acid content of 1.2-1.8 percent are prepared without pasteurization in barrels and other unhermetically sealed containers, but the storage temperature should not exceed 6°C (usual temperature 2°C).

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Before I started pickling, I regularly bought jars of expensive fermented pickles at a local health food store.
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She was the head chef, no doubt, but he reigned over the grill and the smoker (his chicken was divine), and he made the pickles. As the cucumbers grew, he'd pack them in various wide-mouth jars with copious garlic and dill, fill them with brine, and then ferment them in their basement.
The spicy, fiery, delectable pickles have been made by countless generations of women in Andhra at the onset of summer as the bitingly sour varieties of raw mangoes arrive in the market.
The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed two pickle factories on account of adulteration in the provincial metropolis here on Tuesday.
LAHORE -- The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed two pickle factories on charges of adulteration, here on Tuesday.
LAHORE -- The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed two pickle factories on account of adulteration in the provincial metropolis here on Tuesday.
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"It feels good to be recognized for doing work that is so central to our mission of helping to build a more sustainable food system," says Addie Rose Holland, co-founder and co-owner of Real Pickles. The cooperative employs 22 workers, 10 of which are co-owners.