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The Science of Pickling

The Science of Pickling

Published: August 07, 2018

Few things taste as good as food you raise and preserve yourself, and pickling is one of the best ways to ensure that the freshness you crave and have worked so hard for is available well after the season ends.

Cucumbers are certainly the most familiar pickled vegetable, whether you choose to put up bread-and-butter pickles, dill pickles, spicy garlicky pickles, or some other variety. However, lots of other vegetables can also be pickled, from green beans and okra to cauliflower, carrots, and green tomatoes. If you understand the process of pickling, you can completely expand your repertoire beyond the standards.

At the Library’s upcoming adult STEAM workshop, we’ll be making quick pickles, which don’t require extensive knowledge of jar preparation and sealing requirements because they’re kept in the refrigerator. Even so, we’ll begin the seminar with a discussion of the scientific concepts behind successful pickling, and we’ll take advantage of our local bounty using vegetables from our own community garden.

If you’d like to learn more, join us at 6 pm on Thursday, August 16 at the Main Library in Newton. All materials will be supplied, but please register by calling 828.465.8665.