The other day it was time for another Polish cooking lesson and this time I learned to make Pickled Cucumbers or Ogorki Kiszone one as they say in Polish. We are a family who likes their pickles! My littlest one tries to steal them from everyone’s hamburger when we go out to eat.
Pickled cucumbers I think are the Polish national side dish. They are served with almost every meal we eat. So everywhere you turn here lately you will see women buying kilo’s upon kilo’s of small cucumbers to take home and can. So when my dear friend asked me if I wanted to learn how to make the Polish version of Pickled Cucumbers I was all for it!
No more talking on to canning!
This recipe made about 6 (1) liter jars. This all depends on the size of your cucumbers.
If you do not have a garden like me, you go to your nearest market and pick your ingredients from the local farmers.
2 kgs of small cucumbers, 2 bunches of garlic, 1 small horseradish and 1 big bunch of dill.
Wash the cucumbers. Make sure you do not cut or pierce the skin. This is make sure the skin stays crisp and the inside stays soft.
Peel the skin off the horseradish and cut into match sized sticks.
Peel garlic and then cut into small pieces(about 4 per clove).
This is what you will need per 1 liter jar.
Stuff all 3 into the jar like this.
Start stuffing cucumbers into the jar. They will fit better when you stand them up.
If you have room on top you may lay 1 or 2 small ones on top.
This was our assembly line when we were canning.
Boil 1.5 liters of water and then add 2 tsp of salt. Stir until dissolved. Pour into jar until just under the rim of the jar and cucumbers are completely covered. Repeat water until all the jars are filled. Seal the lid tightly , making sure the rim is dry to have proper suction.
And you are done!!! Now the hard part, you need to wait about 4 days.
After about a day your jars will look like this. This is GOOD! You want cloudy water. If you see a foam on top then the jar did not seal properly and unfortunately the jar is not good to eat.
Now that you have waited 4 days, open a jar and hopefully you will have smiles like this when they bit into those cucumbers!
Your finish cucumber will look like this!
Are you a dill pickle or sweet pickle type of person?
Me, I LOVE a good sweet pickle!