Bread & Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #naturalsweetener #ferment #realfood #cultured #diy

I have to admit that as a child I loved zesty pickles but really really hated bread & butter pickles.  The cloying sweetness of a commercially-made vinegar-based bread & butter pickle was just so one dimensional.  Like with many things, the real food version is so much better than anything from a national brand.

Enter the lacto-fermented bread & butter pickle.  The flavors are balanced, slightly salty, slightly savory, and slightly sweet.  They are perfect as a probiotic component of any meal, but especially in a chicken salad or on a grass-fed hamburger.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Lacto-Fermented Pickles | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #pickles #cultured #ferments #realfood This post is part of a series.  To see more about the book, and the other Real Food 101 tutorials, click HERE: Real Food 101: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared.

Salty, savory, crunchy, cool.  I have loved pickles since I was a child.  Always.  We always bought the store pickles made with vinegar and yellow #5, and they tasted like the best thing evar! In fact, when my mom The Birthday Fairy would come every fall to my room to leave a trail of goodies, zesty dills were always in the mix.  I would eat several that day, and then one or two every day subsequent until the jar was gone and I would drink all the pickle juice.

Does it sound like someone’s body was craving real pickles?  The kind we ate for thousands of years, traditionally?  Beautiful lacto-fermented cucumbers brined with whey and real salt and teeming with probiotics?  I think so, too. [Read more…]