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Pickled Beets

Easy-Peasy Pickles Pickled Beets Spice Marries Herb in Simple Ceremony Here at Perfect Pickler we don’t make pickles, we make them simpler to make. Our focus for over twenty years now is to develop equipment and recipes so you—as a DIY fermenter—will become a healthier, more engaged cook. We were able to cast off grandma’s tiresome all-day affair with [...]

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Pickled Chard Stems

A Well Red Pickle Chard Stems Recast into a Crispy Pickle Chard is my favorite vegetable in the garden. It pulls heavy duty in my kitchen from summer right into the early throes of winter. Chard keeps pushing up these gorgeous veined leaves with so little to do to keep them content. They brighten the garden with [...]

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Preserved Lemons

I make preserved lemons in the Perfect Pickler®. I still have them a year later to add to stews and salad dressings.Pint sized recipe will last for months.The basics are very simple: • source organic lemons if possible or lemons without wax• soak in water for 5 minutes, then lightly brush the skins • trim off both ends• [...]

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What is a Brine Pickle?

Brine pickles are more than "Dill Pickles." Did you know they can include so many different styles with many different ingredients?Our grandparents' heads would spin seeing the variety of pickles you can make with the Perfect PIckler. And you get to watch the transformation; they sit on your countertop and ferment over a few days. Into the fridge [...]

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Measure your Pickle's Pucker Power

Test tape reads acidity in an instant — Looking through the Pickling Pal Mailbag I came across a note from now of our students who needed to know if her first pickling attempt was successful. She wanted something more than the “smell it and if it doesn’t smell like it shouldn’t” wisdom to share with her [...]

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Salt Matters

Salt of the Earth Essay by Bill Hettig There are two substances that comprise the core of life on this planet. All life arises and is sustained by them. Without either there would be no life on Earth. Salt and water are the same two substances needed to ferment pickles. From the simplest to the most [...]

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Cracking the Spice Cracking Code

Hidden Pickling Tool in Your Tool Caddy I am ever in search of not having to buy yet another kitchen gadget. It’s kind of upside-down to search and not purchase, but for every tool you own, you have many ways to use it creatively. Take coarsely grinding or cracking spices. This is an important task in [...]

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Secondary Fermentation - Pickling with Ferments as the Brine

A letter from the Pickling Pal Mailbag noted that some of the recipes offered didn’t seem to produce much pickling action—no noticeable bubbles seen through the glass jar. Introducing another form of lacto-fermentation. Sometimes known as secondary fermentation or indirect fermentation, we use fermented liquids as the main brine [...]

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