Pickles

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Cat and Papa love pickles so, I decided to try my hand at pickling. This being my first attempt ever at pickling, I used two different recipes for dill pickles and conducted a blind taste test to see which one my family preferred.

I started with cucumbers given to me by some friends

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and cut them into spears.

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For Pickle Recipe A, I used pickling spices and dill seeds along with vinegar, garlic, water sugar and salt.

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Then, I prepared Pickle Recipe B  which required boiling the brine (vinegar, water, salt and sugar) and adding some fresh dill and garlic to the jars.

This dill was donated by my friend Bella Principessa.

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After the brine cooled, I poured it into the jars, sealed them and popped them into the fridge.

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After four days…

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We were ready for our taste test.

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I noticed immediately that “Recipe A”

was more brown and the brine was cloudy in the jar,

while “Recipe B” still resembled an unaffected cucumber.

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My contestants obediently closed their eyes

and judged the specimens by smell,

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crunch,

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and taste.

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The winner?

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Though both had the desired crunch and smell,

B was by far the favorite  for taste.

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They even measured it against store bought pickles.

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And it still came out on top.

I think we’ll be planting dill in our garden next year…

right next to the cucumbers.

This experiment counts as two pins.

20 pins to go, friends.

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