Why should cucumbers be soaked in water overnight before making them into pickles?
I've never made pickles that the cukes had to be soaked overnight before making the pickles. I have always used the recipes that my mother used. (04/15/2010)
Salt plays many roles in pickling: It enhances the taste by removing raw flavors; deters bacteria; and extracts water from the vegetables, which not only keeps the vegetables crisp, but also keeps the water from seeping out later and diluting the preservative effect of the vinegar. (from: http://www.ou.org/shabbat/recipes/vayigash62.htm) (04/15/2010)
I've never heard of soaking them. I've make dills B&Bs, and relishes, but all I did is chop and salt it and let it sit awhile to draw the water out. Then it'll take on more flavor when you make your pickles or whatever. (04/16/2010)
By Laura Brown
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