Here we go! My mom’s very famous recipe for salty pickled cucumbers. Requested and copied by so many neighbors and friends and now it’s up to you.
Growing up my parents had been tending a Schrebergarten (community garden) in our hometown in Germany. This garden was not part of one of those gardening communities, where they constantly check if you cut your grass accurately and you find some (actually many) of them strangely decorated with garden gnomes and plastic deer. Not at all, this was no club or something similar. It was just a bunch of people growing their own vegetables, fruits and flowers for their families. This place was kind of hidden and most people didn’t even know, that it even existed in the middle of the city.
Back then my appreciation for vegetable crops had been very limited. I never understood why my parents won’t just put in some berry bushes and a cherry tree and a pool for god’s sake! Instead, there had been green beans, onions, carrots, herbs, radishes, and cucumbers. Actually, half of this garden had been occupied by cucumber plants with prickly leafs. My parents took especially good care of those cucumbers and they were rewarded with a constant harvest over the summer months.
Every summer truckloads of green little cucumbers had been picked. My mom gave them a bath and prepared everything for pickling. I can still recall this squeaky noise when she pushed more and more cucumbers into the preserving glasses. Jars filled with pickles took over our basement, they sat there lined up and you would find them behind every cabinet door you would open. I have to admit they didn’t look very appealing to me. The bright green color of the cucumbers turned paler and yellowish and the salt water looked milky. As I said I had been very fond of sweet fruits rather than salty pickles.
But fall would come and bring cravings for hearty meals. And my mom just had to grab a jar from the basement to upgrade a simple slice of bread with cheese into a savory sandwich with a salty and crunchy pickle. And I liked that a lot!
salty pickled cucumbers
My mom makes this recipe for salty pickled cucumbers without a precise measuring, so we have to make a rule of thumb estimate, which is fine, this is not rocket science just pickling. What can go wrong?
- as many small cucumbers as you can fill in your jar(s)
- 1-2 branches of dill
- 2 garlic cloves, whole, peeled
- you need 2 tablespoons sea salt for every liter/quart of water
- Clean your jar(s) and then rinse them with hot water.
- Clean the cucumbers by putting them into a bowl with water, transfer to a colander and rinse well. Wash the dill.
- Put the cucumbers, dill, and garlic into the jars.
- Dissolve the salt in the water and pour over the cucumbers. Leave at least 1 cm/ 0.4-inch space below the rim.
- Close the jar(s) tightly and wait for 7 days. Their color turns strangely bright green (nearly emerald) during this time, that's fine.
- Rinse the pickles before eating. Unopened jars can be stored for several months.