Preserving an ingredient in an acidic brine.

What are the fundamentals of pickling?

Pickling is a preservation method that involves preserving an ingredient, such as cucumbers or onions, in an acidic (usually vinegar-based) brine. The brine can be flavored with herbs and spices to add extra flavor, although pickles are usually prized for their versatile taste.

  • How does pickling preserve food? The vinegar's acidity helps preserve the ingredient by creating an inhospitable environment to bacteria.

Pickling is often confused with .

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Example Foods

  • Dill pickles
  • Pickled onions
  • Soy marinated cucumbers

Pickling in Action