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Ogórki Małosolne

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These Polish-style, slightly salted cucumbers are a bit different to regular pickled cucumbers, the vinegar based ones you find in stores or make at home. They don’t use vinegar at all and contain less salt in the brine therefore they ferment faster and have to be eaten within weeks. These are also the ones that are used for cucumbers soups (zupa orgorkowa)

These pickles do no require vinegar as the preservative method, but instead, use a salted water solution (brine) allowing for a natural fermentation process. I’ve talked to several Polish women, my mother-in-aw included, who claim these are much healthier than vinegar based pickled cucumbers (though I’m not a nutritionist, so I can make no such claims.)

These salted cucumbers are a traditional Polish dish but other countries have similar marinated cucumbers recipes: Danish syltede agurker, Estonian soolakurgid or German salz-dill Gurken just to mention few.

INGREDIENTS

– Garden cucumbers / pickling cucumbers
– About 4 liters of boiled water
– One TB Kosher salt (per jar you want to fill) I usually do 1/2 – 1 TB of salt
for a fairly large 24 Oz jar…
– Flowering dill and stems (the flowering dill has the most potent flavor, but if you only have access to supermaket dill, that works fine too)
– Pieces of horseradish root (I grate mine with a microplane, but you can also cut it into sticks)
– Horseradish leaves (blackcurrant, grape, cherry or oak leaves can be used as well)
– Garlic cloves (peeled)
– Black peppercorns
– Mustard seeds

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