Cucumbers for winter: the tastiest recipes

Cucumbers for winter: the tastiest recipes

It's nice to open a jar of pickles in winter, salty, fragrant and incredibly crunchy? You betcha! That's why we proceed to the preparation of the "king" of all pickles - cucumbers. And immediately think of grandmothers and mothers who spent all day in the kitchen. All is not as difficult as it seems. proper preparation, a little patience, put your heart and love - and now you can brag about what a skilled hostess you are and share the recipe.

We prepare cucumbers for winter

Preparation is the basis of the basics. Carefully choose the main ingredient - cucumbers. Ideally, of course, take from your own garden, grown with love and trepidation, but from the market, for example, will also do. You should choose small, firm and elastic cucumbers, not too dark and without yellow stains. Done!

Now the spices are also the basis for tasty pickles. Spicy or sweet, spicy or very salty, it all depends on them.So that cucumbers do not become soft during storage, for example, should not be a lot of garlic. And vice versa, currant leaves, cloves, dill, allspice, bay leaf are put to your taste - they affect the result. This is a classic set of spices. Do you want something more original? You can add oak or cherry leaves, some basil (for an original flavor), chopped pieces of horseradish root, cumin, coriander and even tarragon. Experiment!

Preparing cucumbers for winterBanks

for cucumbers also need a little "preparation". We can choose the size: the small ones are more aesthetically pleasing, they can be beautifully decorated and not hidden in the cellar or on the far shelf of the closet.

We prepare a soda solution, rub the jars, wait 30 minutes, wash everything carefully and put on boiling water. Lids also boil.

Important: Use coarse salt. With a coarse floor. Small can spoil the pickle and make the cucumbers soft in storage. The golden proportion of salt is 2-2.5 tablespoons per 1 liter of water.

There are two main ways to prepare the most delicious crispy cucumbers for winter: cold and hot.

There are two main ways to prepare the most delicious crispy cucumbers for winter: cold and hot.

The cold way

The method is very simple: cucumbers are placed together with all the spices in jars prepared in advance. In ice water stir salt and, the resulting solution pour cucumbers. Cover the jars and be sure to store pickles in the refrigerator or a cold cellar. Everything will be ready in about a month.

The hot way

Instead of ice water, we pour the salt with boiling water, add all the spices, boil a little and pour into the jars with cucumbers. For a week leave them open, then refill the brine and roll up.

Some tricks

  • Jars will 100% not explode if you add some mustard seeds to the brine.
  • Cucumbers will be mold-free on top if you add a couple of thin slices of horseradish root.
  • Add some oak bark to give the cucumbers a crunchy texture.

If everything is clear with the classic recipe for crispy cucumbers for winter, then let's play with the ingredients.

Recipe for pickled cucumbers with ketchup

Ingredient list:

  • 1.3 l of water
  • Ketchup (the hotter the better)
  • pepper
  • 9% vinegar
  • spices, garlic, horseradish, oak bark
Pickled Cucumbers with Ketchup

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process:
  1. We cut the "bottoms" of cucumbers and pour ice water (the colder, the better) and leave for 8 hours (ideally).
  2. Put all the spices in the bottom of the jars.
  3. Add cucumbers and tomatoes as thickly as possible, but not too tightly.
  4. Bring the water to the boil, pour it over the cucumbers, cover and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  5. Pour water back into the pot, bring to the boil and add ketchup.
  6. Pour the mixture on cucumbers, roll up and wait for the winter (not necessarily).

Pickled cucumbers

Ingredient list:

  • 3 kg of cucumbers
  • 1 litre of water
  • currant leaf - 4 pieces
  • 4 twigs of dill
  • 3 kg of cucumbers
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • pepper - 4-9 peppercorns
  • bay leaf - 3 leaves
  • clove sprigs
  • sugar - 2 tablespoons
  • 9% vinegar - ⅓ teaspoon per 3-liter jar
  • 2 clove sprigs
Pickled

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process:
  1. Soak cucumbers for 3 hours in cold water, dry and trim off the bottoms.
  2. Put all the spices and leaves at the bottom of cleaned jars.
  3. As tightly as possible, but without pressure, we put cucumbers and pour boiling water over them for 20-25 minutes.
  4. For the brine: 1 tablespoon salt + 2 tablespoons sugar.
  5. Bring the brine to the boil and add ⅓ teaspoonful of vinegar.
  6. Fill cucumbers with brine, wrap and turn the jars upside down

Pickled cucumbers with honey

Ingredient List:

  • Small cucumbers - 2 kg
  • 1 horseradish leaf
  • 2 cherry leaves
  • 2-3 small inflorescences of dill
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 9% vinegar - 100 ml
  • two small slices of hot pepper
  • 50 grams of bee honey
  • coarse salt - 50 grams
  • 1.5 liters of water
Pickled cucumbers with

honeyCooking

process:
  1. Soak cucumbers for 3-4 hours in cold water, so as to cover them completely with water. The more often you change the water so that it is colder, the stronger and crispier cucumbers will be.
  2. Put all the spices and leaves on the bottom of washed and prepared jars
  3. Put cucumbers as tightly as possible, but not too tightly. Put the biggest ones on the bottom and then put them in descending order of size.
  4. Cover cucumbers with boiling water for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Chop and add garlic.
  6. Pour water off cucumbers and boil it again.
  7. Add honey, garlic and vinegar.
  8. Pour the brine over the cucumbers, seal it and turn the jars upside down.

Pickled cucumbers recipe with red currant juice

Ingredient List:

  • 2 kg cucumbers (if the jar is 2 litres)
  • ½ litre of water and ½ litre of redcurrant juice
  • Spices, spices and sugar (a teaspoonful).
  • Add honey, garlic and vinegar.
  • 40-50 grams salt (depending on the size of the cucumbers themselves)
Recipe for pickles with redcurrant

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process
  1. Soak the cucumbers in this recipe is not necessary, on the contrary, you need to give them a boiling water, before you put them tightly into the jar.
  2. A layer of cucumbers - a layer of spices. And so to the edges of the jar.
  3. Pour boiling water into a jar. Steep. Insist up to 15 minutes.
  4. Pour half of the resulting brine back into the pot and mix with the juice of currants. We add salt and sugar.
  5. Roll up the jars, cover with something warm (you can plaid or blanket) and wait until they cool down.

There is no vinegar, cucumbers are obtained with the original pink color and unusual flavor.

Pickled cucumbers with apples and bell peppers

Ingredient list:

  • 2 kilograms of cucumbers
  • half a kilo of apples or bell peppers
  • liter of water
  • Sugar and salt: 50 grams each
  • Leaves: cherry (10 pieces), oak (5 pieces), lemongrass (5 pieces)
Pickled cucumbers with apples and bell

peppersCooking

process
  1. We boil everything: cucumbers, apples and bell peppers.
  2. All must be put in jars whole!
  3. We prepare a brine: bring to a boil, adding sugar and salt, pour it into the jars and pour it off. Repeat it three times.
  4. Pour the brine into the beautifully arranged fruits and vegetables in the jar, roll them up and slowly let them cool.

    Often it is not possible to have time to pick cucumbers from the bed, while they are small. And what to do with overgrown, many do not know. But they, too, can be used in cool recipes.

Most importantly, not only cook with gusto, but also with imagination!

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