How to make spicy pickles using store-bought pickles?

Introduction: Why make spicy pickles?

Pickles are a popular snack and condiment all over the world. They are cucumbers that have been soaked in vinegar, water, and salt, resulting in a crunchy and tangy flavor. However, if you are a fan of spicy foods, you might be looking for a way to add some heat to your pickles. Making spicy pickles at home is a simple and cost-effective way to satisfy your cravings for a spicy snack.

Not only are homemade spicy pickles delicious, but they also allow you to customize the level of spiciness according to your taste preferences. Additionally, making your own pickles using store-bought pickles is a great way to reduce food waste and save money.

Step 1: Gather ingredients and tools

To make spicy pickles using store-bought pickles, you will need the following ingredients and tools:

  • Store-bought pickles (either whole or sliced)
  • Hot sauce or chili flakes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh dill
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Mason jar or any airtight container with a lid
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife and cutting board

Make sure you have all the ingredients and tools on hand before starting the pickling process.

Step 2: Prepare the pickles

If you are using whole pickles, slice them into spears or coins, depending on your preference. Drain the pickles from their original brine and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place the pickles in a clean mason jar or airtight container with a lid.

Step 3: Make the spice mixture

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce or chili flakes, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and a handful of fresh dill. Mix well until the sugar dissolves and the spices are evenly distributed.

Step 4: Add the spices to the pickles

Pour the spice mixture over the pickles in the jar, making sure that the pickles are fully submerged in the liquid. If necessary, add more water or vinegar to cover the pickles. Close the jar tightly with a lid.

Step 5: Store the pickles

Place the jar of pickles in the refrigerator and let them sit for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld together. The longer you let the pickles sit, the spicier they will become.

Step 6: Taste test and adjust seasoning

After 24 hours, taste the pickles to check if they have reached the desired level of spiciness. If you want them spicier, add more hot sauce or chili flakes. If you want a milder taste, add more water or vinegar. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and let the pickles sit for another day before serving.

Tips for successful spicy pickles

  • Use fresh, firm pickles for the best results.
  • Make sure your hands, tools, and jars are clean and sterile before starting the pickling process.
  • Store the pickles in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for longer.
  • Use airtight jars or containers to prevent contamination and spoilage.

Health benefits of spicy pickles

Spicy pickles offer several health benefits. They are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. The vinegar used in pickling can help improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels, and prevent bacterial infections.

Ways to use spicy pickles

Spicy pickles can be enjoyed as a snack on their own, or used as a condiment in sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and salads. They can also be chopped up and added to pasta dishes, or used as a garnish for Bloody Mary cocktails.

Conclusion: Enjoy your homemade spicy pickles!

Making spicy pickles using store-bought pickles is a simple and easy process that yields delicious and flavorful results. With the right ingredients and tools, you can customize the level of spiciness to your liking and enjoy a healthy and tasty snack at any time.

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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