We're making delicious garlicky dill refrigerator pickles with our surplus of home grown cucumbers this summer ::drool::
In the days before we had refrigerators to keep our food cold, pickling was used to preserve foods for long-term keeping. But even more than that, they've been considered a health food for centuries. Cleopatra allegedly attributed her beauty to pickle juice!
Health Benefits of Pickles and Pickle Juice
Eating real pickles offers an entire list of benefits, where regular old store bought pickles aren't fermented. On top of that, they come with a list of ingredients we'd rather avoid, like artificial coloring, polysorbate 80 (used to keep the pickles firm) and of course “natural flavor” (which is a legal loophole that allows companies to make their own artificial flavors in labs).
- Great for nausea: there’s a good reason for the lore on pregnant women and pickle cravings — the nausea that can kick in during pregnancy can often be eased with pickles.
- Provides gut-beneficial probiotics and may improve leaky gut: probiotics aid in digestion, and when your body properly digests foods, the overall function improves, encouraging healing of leaky gut.
- May help prevent blood sugar spikes: there’s some early evidence that eating pickled foods with your meal could help prevent blood sugar spikes (thanks to vinegar used in some pickling). The results are limited so far but indicate that pickled and fermented foods could be beneficial to those living with diabetes.
How to Make Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles in 3 Simple Steps
It doesn't get any easier than this. Even busy moms who don't love to cook can make a wonderfully healthy snack that'll improve digestion for kids that need a little boost.
2-3 small cucumbers, cut into spears⠀
3 Tbsp white vinegar⠀
1 Tbsp salt⠀
1 Tbsp dried dill⠀
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, omit if you don't like it spicy!)⠀
4 cloves garlic, minced⠀
Distilled or filtered water (learn why it's important to filter your tap water and which filters really work)
- Add the first 6 ingredients to your quart mason jar, and fill to the top with water.⠀
- Put on the lid and shake well. Let it sit on the counter for 12 hours, then turn upside down and let sit for another 12 hours.⠀
- Store in the refrigerator and snack away!