How to Make Half Sour Pickles Using Easy and Simple Ways

What are half sour pickles? Do you know how to make them? This is the process of keeping cucumbers in water that is dissolved with salt. This turns them into sour pickles. The process relies on bacteria that covers the cucumbers from the outside as they grow. The bacteria are removed when the cucumbers are harvested. They will only work on freshly harvested cucumbers unless the bacteria is replaced artificially.

The following are some of the ways that you can use to make half sour pickles by yourself:

how to make half sour pickles


1. The half sour pickles with coriander seeds

how to make half sour pickles

The required ingredients

  • 6 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup of sea salt
  • ​½ teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 6 cups of water
  • Pieces of fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of peppercorns, black
  • 5 cucumbers
  • Wash the cucumbers with clean water
  • Add the sea salt in water and dissolve
  • ​Mix the dry ingredients and grind them. You can use a mortar and pestle or a rolling stick to crush the dry ingredients
  • Place the cucumbers in a jar
how to make half sour pickles
  • Add the minced garlic, the dry ingredients, and then the sea salt water
  • Add some pieces of dill into the jar
  • Add the remaining peppercorns, the coriander seeds, and the bay leaves.
  • The cucumbers should be covered by the water before you close the jar
  • ​Place the jar in the fridge and let it stay for about three days before you eat the pickles.

Serve and enjoy the pickles!

2. The half-sour dill pickles

The required ingredients

  • 4 sprigs fresh dill
  • A pound of cucumbers
  • ¾ oz. pickling salt, kosher salt, or unrefined sea salt
  • ½ peppercorns, blacked
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • A pinch of pepper flakes, red

The method to use

  • Dissolve the salt in a cup of warm water. Add another cup of cold water.
  • Cut off the end blossom of each cucumber. Pack them in a jar tightly and vertically.
  • Put in the sprigs and the garlic cloves around the vertical cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle the red and black pepper from the top
  • Pour salt water into the jar to completely cover the cucumbers. Just leave an inch for airspace. Cover the jar with a kitchen towel with a rubber to secure it.
  • Keep the jar away from sunlight and in a cool place. Let the pickles ferment for about four days.
how to make half sour pickles
  • Check them daily to ensure that they are submerged. You can keep adding the remaining salt water.
  • If the cucumbers float, weigh them down with some heavy small objects. Ensure that the mixture doesn’t become too cloudy. Fungus and moss may be growing and the pickles need to be discarded
  • After three days, taste the pickles. They should be lightly sour, crunchy, with garlic aroma and dill.
  • When the flavor is nice, place the pickles in the fridge. This will make them remain half sour for up to 14 days. After some few weeks, the pickles will be fully fermented and can be kept for years in the fridge.

3. The half-sour dill pickles

The required ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 sprigs of fresh dill
  • ½ tablespoon of pickling spice
  • A pound of pickling cucumbers
  • 1/8 cup of canning salt or kosher salt
how to make half sour pickles
  • Clean the cucumbers and cut off the blossom ends and the stem. Wash the jar with soapy water and rinse it appropriately.
  • Put the garlic cloves, the pickling spice, and the sprigs in the jar
  • Put the cucumbers in the jar and pack them tightly.
  • You can slice the cucumbers if they are thick so that they can be packed easily in the jar
  • Mix the salt and water in a stainless-steel bowl and stir well until the salt is dissolved
  • ​Pour the salty water in the jar until the cucumbers are submerged
  • Close the jar and put it in the fridge. Check the pickles after 6 days.

4. The fermented half sour pickles

  • 2 pounds of pickling cucumbers
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 dill sprigs
  • 3 grape leaves

  • Wash the cucumbers and cut off the blossoms
  • Dissolve the salt in water.
  • Put the jar at the bottom of a crock.
  • Pack the cucumbers in the jar tightly. You can cut them into halves or quarters. If they are in pieces start filling with the larger pieces first, then the small ones.
  • Fill the jar with the salt water until the cucumbers are fully submerged. Close the jars with lids. If you are using a crock, close with a zip top plastic bag and fill it with water. Cover the crock with a clean piece of cloth and tie it properly to keep the flies and dust off.

how to make half sour pickles
  • Check the jar daily. As the water with salt starts to be sour slightly and cloudy, the cucumbers will soften.
  • Taste them to know and determine the sourness that you want.
  • The fermentation will take about 5 days to ready. If the weather is warm, the pickles will only take less than 5 days, and if the weather is cold they will take up to weeks to ferment.
  • When the pickles are ready, replace the lid and put the jar in the fridge. After 3-4 days, you can serve the pickles and enjoy.

5. The garlic dill pickles

The required ingredients

  • A jar with a lid
  • 3 cups of water
  • Cucumbers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ​2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • ​20 peppercorns, black
  • ​A branch of fresh dill
  • ​A cup of white vinegar
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves

how to make half sour pickles
  • Wash the cucumbers with clean cold water. Clean the jar and rinse it thoroughly.
  • Dissolve the salt in the water and vinegar. You can boil it until it dissolves. Let the mixture cool at room temperature.
  • Lace the dill, peppercorns, and the bay leaves at the bottom of the jar. Pack the cucumbers in the jar. Put one cucumber at a time. They should be tightly packed together.
  • Fill the jar with the brine water and keep it loosely covered with a towel for about a day.
  • ​Remove the towel and close the jar with a lid. Put it in the fridge and leave it for about three days.
  • ​When they are ready, they will have a garlic dill flavor, nice, and crisp.

Now you can enjoy your own pickles.

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