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How to make pickles

Filed Under: backyard science, food, kids

homemade picklesHomemade pickles are a great way to cut sodium and to eat more naturally-produced foods. They are also a fun and tasty refrigerator science experiment.

The refrigerated method is the simplest, purest way to make pickles. Basically, you soak the cucumber in a salt brine for one week. When they are finished soaking, they will need to be refrigerated constantly until they are consumed.

The pickles will keep in the fridge for up to two months. If you want to keep them longer, you can preserve and jar them. Homemade pickles would be a welcomed hostess or housewarming gift.

Choosing the best cucumber is a bit of an art. The full instructions include pictures with each step, and the accompanying images show you what the most desirable pickle candidate looks like.

If you're working with mini-chefs, include a science and history lesson with some of these fascinating pickle facts. If you want to take things one step further, turn that pickle into a lightbulb and really wow your curious kids.


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