This is one of my posts that I published 5 years ago! Can you imagine? Wow, time has flown by. I decided to update this post to provide more information for all of you! In the last 5 years I have grown so much, as a person in general but also as a blogger. One thing I have learned is that blogging is NOT easy. I thought that I could write a few sentences and “BAM!” everyone would want to visit my blog. Boy, was I wrong! Going through my old posts and reading what I wrote is extremely embarrassing. Now I actually take my TIME writing my posts to give the most information that I can. If you’ve been following me lately, you know that I am trying to provide real & honest posts, I can’t do that if I don’t take my time creating my content. If you’ve been following my blog for some time you can definitely see the difference in my posts, and hopefully you like it better now (if you don’t please let me know).
So, now to what this post is actually about… pickles.
Pickles have always been one of my favorite things to eat, kind of like a guilty pleasure. When I was younger my dad would buy jars of pickles and olives and we would eat them straight out of the jar. Thinking about it I’m like “Wow, I can’t believe I did that”, but it was a bonding experience for us. Now I don’t eat them like that anymore but I do enjoy the occasional pickle. Now my sister drinks the leftover pickle juice from the jar! I have actually read that the juice has some health benefits, imagine that.
I looked up how to make pickles and it looked EXTREMELY easy. Why do people buy pickles when they can make them?! What I love about making homemade pickles is that you can make them exactly how you want them. You can add more vinegar if you like or even more red pepper flakes so it’s spicier, it’s whatever you want! Go crazy with it and experiment.
Benefits of pickles
- Vitamin K
- This vitamin helps to maintain healthy bones and has a major role in blood clotting. Most leafy greens have vitamin K, so if you’re really trying to up your intake of this vitamin then I suggest eating a lot of kale.
- Boosts hydration
- Hydration is key! This is something that I am constantly talking about. I try to drink as much water as I can during the day. For the most part I only drink water, (unless I’m drinking coffee, wine or beer) I highly recommend ditching soda & juice.
There are more benefits of pickles but I just wanted to highlight the ones that I think are the most important. A Forbes article, talks about how athletes drink pickle juice after exercising to relieve muscle cramps, I have never heard of this. Here’s an excerpt from that article:
“For years, athletes have been drinking pickle juice to relieve muscle cramps after exercising, and it is one of the multiple health benefits. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that pickle juice works better than water at reducing muscle cramps. Another study showed that pickle juice could lower blood sugar spikes in healthy adults. In addition, pickle juice has a variety of antioxidants, including vitamin C and E.”
This recipe is very easy, so easy I don’t know why it took me so long to try it. It’s the perfect recipe for making with kids and teaching them about vegetables.
What you need for your homemade pickles:
- 1 cucumber
- A mason jar
- Vinegar (I used both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar)
- Some salt
- A little garlic
- A few red pepper flakes
What you need to do:
- Cut your cucumber how every you can to, I cut them in the traditional pickle way.
- Place your cucumber pieces into the jar first and them add in your ingredients.
- Place in the refrigerator for 24+ hours.
Now, I didn’t put any measurements because it all depends on your taste, I love vinegar, so I put a lot of it in there. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to use apple cider vinegar at all, it made the pickles a tiny bit sweeter and that’s not for everyone. It just depends on what you like!
They are seriously so delicious. Usually my final product doesn’t always turn out the way I want them to. I’ll be the first one to admit that some of my dinners and desserts are horrible and an embarrassment, but by the grace of God, my pickles were amazing! (Probably because of how easy they were to make) I left them in the refrigerator for 48 hours before trying them. I highly recommend this so that the pickles get some flavor.
Buying pickles from the store is indeed easier but making them is more fun! You can try using different flavors or use different herbs in the jar to see how they turn out. If you are going to buy store bought pickles, my favorite brand is Claussen… seriously, so good!
It amazes me how instead of going to the grocery store and buying these products we can make them in the comfort of our own homes and it’s such a great feeling (at least for me) to eat something that I made.
If you’ve made your own homemade pickles, I would love to hear about it! What has your experience been like? Even if you have any recommendations, let me know.
If you have any recommendations of what I should write about next please share, I want to write about what you want to read about.
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