Not too mention that they can be tremendously nutritious. The acidic tasting vinegar is actually anti-acidic. You'll improve your pH balance and fight off disease. Apple cider vinegar, which we use in this recipe, is especially powerful. It can help with:
an upset stomach
a sore throat
blood sugar levels and diabetes
a stuffy nose
The list is almost endless. Pickles and salad dressings are the best way to get more apple cider vinegar into your diet.
What Are the Other Benefits?
Well it depends what you're adding to the mix. For this recipe, we're just using fruit, herbs and seeds. Hydrating cucumbers, antioxidant rich dill, hair growing mustard seeds and digestion helping fennel seeds.
You can use almost any vegetable you think of to replace the cucumber. So if you want more radishes in your diet, use them. Cauliflower? Sure, swap it in. Or do a medley of both.
Homemade Dill Pickles w/ Mustard & Fennel Seeds
Takes 15 minutes
Makes 3 500ml jars
Small cucumbers - 6
Apple cider vinegar - 1 1/2 cups
Maple syrup - 1/3 cup
Fennel seeds - 3 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 3 teaspoons
Dill - 1 bunch
Sea salt - 1 tablespoon
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Add the sea salt, water, apple cider & maple syrup to a pot and boil on the stove
Chop the cucumbers into batons or dice into discs
In three separate jars, split up the dill, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and cucumber ingredients into equal portions
Add the boiled apple cider potion to each jar, fully submerging all the ingredients
Seal the lid and place in the fridge
Pickles are ready in about 24 hours and can be stored unopened for three months
Once you open the container, you have seven days to enjoy
As I mentioned, there's so many variations here. One of my favourites is to add one big red chilli and two cloves of garlic instead of the dill.
If you're looking for other ideas then just jump on Pinterest. Or go to your gourmet grocer and see what wanky ones they have for sale. There's a couple Brooklyn and Michigan branded companies that I see everywhere.