The Perfect Pickle
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Real deli-style New York pickles are salt-brined and fermented, not just soaked in vinegar. The difference between a cucumber that's had a long vinegar-salt bath and one that has transformed by salt, vinegar, and lactobacillus bacteria is vast. Once you try this perfect pickle, you'll never buy the (pasteurized) grocery store brand again.


  • Pickling cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Whey
  • Brine solution
  • Peppercorns


  • In a separate container, mix enough brine solution to fill your jar using the ratio of 0.75 tablespoons of salt to one cup of water.
  • Add dill, garlic, peppercorns to the jar.
  • Fit cucumbers in tightly (this helps them stay below the liquid).
  • Add in whey.
  • Add some horizontal slices or weights to keep the veggies from floating up.
  • Fill brine so the cucumbers are are covered. Cover with jar lid, loosely for TK days.
  • Experiment:  You can also add chili peppers, mustard seed, caraway seed, or pickling spice.