A pickled cucumber is a usually small or miniature cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for some time.EtymologyOrigins
It is often claimed that pickled cucumbers were first developed for workers building the Great Wall of China, though another hypothesis is that they were first made in the Tigris Valley of Mesopotamia, using cucumbers brought originally from India.
The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.
Types of Pickled Cucumbers
Brined pickles are prepared using the traditional process of natural fermentation in brine, making them grow sour. Typically, small cucumbers are placed in a glass or ceramic vessel or a wooden barrel, together with various spices. Among those traditionally used in many recipes are garlic, horseradish, the whole dill stems with umbels and green seeds, white mustard seeds, grape, oak, cherry, blackcurrant and bay laurel leaves, dried allspice fruits, and-most importantly-salt. The container is then filled with cooled, boiled water and kept under a non-airtight cover (often cloth tied on with string or a rubber band) for several weeks, depending on taste and external temperature. Traditionally, stones (also sterilized by boiling) are placed on top of the cucumbers to keep them under the water. The cucumber's sourness depends on the amount of salt added (saltier cucumbers tend to be sourer).
The fermentation process depends on the Lactobacillus bacteria that naturally occur on the skin of a growing cucumber. These may be removed during commercial harvesting and packing processes. Bacteria cultures can be reintroduced to the vegetables by adding already fermented foods such as yogurt or other fermented milk products, pieces of sourdough bread, or pickled vegetables such as sauerkraut.
Brined Pickles Since brined pickles are produced without vinegar, a film of bacteria forms on top of the brine. This does not indicate that the pickles have spoiled, and the film may be removed. They do not keep as long as cucumbers that are pickled with vinegar and usually must be refrigerated. Some commercial manufacturers add vinegar as a preservative.
- Bread and Butter
Bread-and-butter pickles are a marinated variety of pickled cucumber in a solution of vinegar, sugar, and spices. They may be chilled as refrigerator pickles or canned. Their taste is often much sweeter than other types of pickle, due to the sweeter brine they are marinated in, but they differ from sweet pickles in that they are spiced with cilantro and other spices.
Bread and Butter Pickles Omar and Cora Fanning
Illinois cucumber farmers who started selling sweet and sour pickles in the 1920s. The story to the name is that the Fannings survived rough years by making the pickles with their surplus of undersized cucumbers and bartering them with their grocer for staples such as bread and butter. They filed for the trademark "Fanning's Bread and Butter Pickles" in 1923 (though the recipe and similar recipes are probably much older).
Gherkins, or baby pickles, are small cucumbers, typically less than 5-inches in length, often with bumpy skin, which are typically used for pickling.
Gherkin Pickles The word gherkin comes from early modern Dutch, gurken or augurken for "small pickled cucumber".
- Cornichons are tart French pickles made from gherkins pickled in vinegar and tarragon. They traditionally accompany pates and cold cuts.
- Sweet gherkins are also a popular variety. They contain sugar in the pickling brine.
- Kosher Dill
A "kosher" dill pickle is not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law. Instead, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with a generous addition of garlic and dill to natural salt brine.
Kosher Dills In New York terminology, a "full-sour" kosher dill has fully fermented, while a "half-sour," given a shorter stay in the brine, is still crisp and bright green. Elsewhere, these pickles may sometimes be termed "old" and "new" dills.
In Hungary, while regular vinegar-pickled cucumbers are made during most of the year, during the summer kovaszos uborka ("leavened pickles") are made without the use of vinegar. Cucumbers are placed in a glass vessel along with spices (usually dill and garlic), water, and salt. Additionally, a slice or two of bread are placed at the top and bottom of the solution, and the container is left to sit in the sun for a few days so the yeast in the bread can help cause a fermentation process.
- Polish and German
The Polish or German style pickled cucumber, was developed in the northern parts of central and eastern Europe. It is sour, similar to the kosher dill, but tends to be seasoned differently.
Polish and GermanTraditionally, pickles were preserved in wooden barrels but are now sold in glass jars. A cucumber only pickled for a few days is different in taste (less sour) than one pickled for a longer time and is called low-salt cucumber. This distinction is similar to the one between half- and full-sour types of kosher dills.
Lime pickles are soaked in pickling lime (not to be confused with the citrus fruit) rather than in a salt brine. This is done more to enhance texture (by making them crisper) rather than as a preservative. The lime is then rinsed off the pickles. Vinegar and sugar are often added after the 24-hour soak in lime, along with pickling spices.
Pickles During the Victorian era, pickles were considered a luxury food, meaning households that served pickles were wealthy enough to have servants or staff who could prepare pickles. Middle and upper class households often served pickles in pickle castors, a glass container in an embellished silver holder. The pickles were served with coordinated silver tongs.
Kosher Dill Pickle Chips
Crafted from the finest cucumbers and packed by hand into a zesty vinegar brine, these crunchy pickles are cold cured in the jar for a distinctive snap. Boar's Head Kosher Dill Pickle Chips achieve the perfect balance between sweet and sour.
- Gluten Free
- No Caramel Color
- No MSG Added
Boar's HeadKosher Dill Pickle Chips
INGREDIENTS: Cucumbers, Water, Vinegar, Carrots, Salt, Fresh Dill, Garlic, Spices, 1/10th of 1% Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Calcium Chloride, Natural Flavors, EDTA (To Preserve Freshness), Turmeric (For Color).
BubbiesOnly a Moby Pickle is good enough for Bubbie
Like all Bubbies Products, Her Dills are Gluten Free and Absolutely Delicious.
Fermented with Naturally Present Cutures
BubbiesIt's the cloudy brine that makes it "Bubbies"
Bubbies traditional cloudy brine is a result of the natural fermentation process that gives us our pure kosher taste. Refrigerate Bubbies products to ensure they retain their unique flavor to the last bite. Shake or stir well before each serving.
Kosher Dill PicklesDill pickles are the most popular pickles of the bunch and, as you might have guessed, they get their name because of their distinct dill flavor. They are a popular gluten-free fermented food and kitchen staple. The gut-healthy qualities provide an abundance of health benefits, especially in providing healthful probiotics.
The pickles that made her famous, Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles are naturally-fermented raw, creating her signature cloudy brine. Sour and crunchy, these traditional pickles contain no vinegar or sugar and are preservative-free and Non-GMO.
- Gluten Free
- Always Refrigerate
- No Added Sugar
- No Preservatives
- No Vinegar
BubbiesKosher Dill Pickles
INGREDIENTS: Cucumbers, Water, Salt, Garlic, Dill, Spices, Mustard Seed, Calcium Chloride
In addition to a healthy snack, our Kosher certified dill pickles pair well with a burger, hotdog, egg salad, BLT, cheeseburger, Bloody Mary, grilled cheese, Cuban sandwich, quesadilla, falafel, and more. They can even be paired with fish, stand alone as a fried pickle appetizer, or compliment your most elaborate charcuterie board.
You'll love Bubbies pickles and pickle juice because they offer endless possibilities for every meal.
The Original Refrigerated Pickle
Our unique process of sourcing fresh cucumbers and pickling them within 10 days of being picked from the vine ensures a fresh, mouth-watering crunch experience in every bite.
- Crafted with fresh cucumbers picked straight from the vine
- Refrigerated for freshness
- Unique spice blend with tumeric, garlic, and red pepper
- No MSG
- No Artificial Colors
- No Yellow No. 5
- Pickles are a fat free food
ClaussenKOSHER DILL Pickles
INGREDIENTS: FRESH CUCUMBERS, WATER, SALT, DISTILLED VINEGAR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: DRIED GARLIC, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM BENZOATE ( TO PRESERVE FLAVOR ), SPICE, MUSTARD SEED, NATURAL FLAVOR, DRIED RED PEPPERS, POLYSORBATE 80, OLEORESIN TURMERIC.
Our Kosher Dill Whole Pickles are full of flavor and crunch. A perfect pairing for your sandwich or just an anytime snack.
- Kosher Dill Pickle Halves
Our Kosher Dill Half Pickles are full of flavor and crunch. A perfect pairing for your sandwich or just an anytime snack.
- Kosher Dill Spears
Our Kosher Dill Spears are full of flavor and crunch. A perfect pairing for your sandwich or just an anytime snack.
- Kosher Dill Sandwich Slices
Our Kosher Dill Sandwich Slices are full of flavor and crunch. A perfect way to zest up your sandwich.
A pickle is a funny thing to perfect, but in 1870, when Claus Claussen found himself with too many cucumbers and a crazy idea, you could say the pickle picked him.
Ninety years later, Claus’ great-grandson Edward Claussen had the bold idea of refrigerating pickles for the best crunch and with that Claussen staked their place as the Original Refrigerated Pickle, also known as the O.P.
From a simple barrel of cucumbers 150 years ago to your lunch today, our pickles pack a crunch that can’t be beat.
I started Grillo's out of a pickle cart in Boston, MA in 2008. The 100 year-old recipe was passed down from my grandfather. We still hand pack a few simple ingredients into each jar, giving you the crispest, most-delicious pickle possible. Enjoy!
Dill Pickle Spears
This is the OG. The original 100-year-old recipe first made straight from the backyard garden and now available nationwide. Crisp, clean, fresh – each bite will have you coming back for more.
- 5 Calories Per Serving
- 200mg Sodium
- A Fat Free Food
- Gluten Free
- Certified Kosher
Grillos PicklesDill Pickle Spears
INGREDIENTS: Cucumbers, Brine (Water, Distilled White Vinegar, Salt), Garlic, Dill, Grape Leaves.
Fiery Spice Garlic Dill Spears
Can you beat the heat?
When you love making quality pickles, it’s only a matter of time before you start experimenting with spicy dill! Our Fiery Spice Garlic Dill Spears are packed with big dill flavor and a heat factor that would make a fireman sweat. Don’t let the name intimidate you though, in classic SuckerPunch fashion, the heat only comes after you enjoy the incredible breadth of flavors of our top-notch pickle. That being said, these pickles are so hot you’ll swear we made a dill with the devil!Sucker Punch GourmetFiery Spice Garlic Dill Spears
INGREDIENTS:Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Spices, Arbol Chili Pepper, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Calcium Chloride