Pickle Prayer

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Put your faith in salt and time

and trust that pickles will result;

Put your faith in time and salt.

 

Put your faith in time and salt –

Age gives heft to more than wine –

Put your faith in salt and time.

 

In time and salt put all your trust

– the salt and sour will keep it safe –

time and salt deserve your faith.

 

In time and salt put all your faith

discard the failures when you must

but keep your faith, and time, and trust.

 

4 thoughts on “Pickle Prayer

  1. Thom, I know that you’re the pickling king. I’m currently looking at pickling beetroot, shallots and courgettes. Would you use the same brine for all, or would you vary for each? M

    • Do you mean fermenting or vinegar pickling? Fermenting beetroot is tricky, in my experience – it’s so sweet that it easily gets yeast attacks. So if you’re doing that I wouldn’t put sugar in the brine. Otherwise I tend to use a similar brine for all ferments – 35g each salt and sugar per litre.

  2. And for vinegar pickling it just depends on how sweet you want it, but otherwise it’s pretty similar for everything. I’d dry-salt courgettes first to stop them going soggy, too.

    • Sorry Thom, gave you misleading information with my inaccurate use of ‘brine’. I’m essentially talking about vinegar pickling. Good steer on the courgette prep. Thanks.

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