Article, recipe, and photographs by Gayle Hurmuses
What makes a pickle perfect?
Whether your favourites are sour or sweet, tangy or salty, you want them to have a certain snap when bitten into. We have a full list of crisp pickle tips to read and follow here.
Given that there are few things more disappointing than trying to bite into a pickle only to have it dissolve in your teeth, it’s worth taking the very few minutes to properly prepare for perfect plump and succulent satisfying pickles that snap.
In addition to these tips, make sure that all your ingredients are at the same hot temperature when you assemble the jars. Your boiling water bath should be properly hot, already at a rolling boil when you drop the jars into it and the jar contents should also be as hot as possible.
This is a cold pack recipe, so make sure that the brine solution is boiling at the ready to be added after the jars have been filled, and immediately before capping them.