Ingredients (for 1 liter):

Brine: 2 cups of basic brine and 1 teaspoon of vinegar

Vegetables: 1lb of cucumbers and 1 grape leaf for crispness (optional)

Spices (optional, use what is available):

A few sprigs of Thyme
A few small hot peppers
~2-3 medium cloves of garlic, peeled, & roughly chopped (to taste)
~1 tsp whole dill seed
~1/2 tsp whole coriander seed
~1/4 tsp whole mustard seed
~1/4 tsp whole peppercorns
~1/4 tsp fennel seed
~1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

  • Stir in the vinegar in basic brine and let it cool off.
  • Add the grape leaf into the jars.
  • Cut the cucumbers in spears or slice them at an angle and put them in a jar,
  • Add a bit of pickling spices to taste.
  • Pour the brine over the vegetables so they are covered by it, living at least one inch of head-space from the rim of the jar.
  • Cap the jar tightly and allow to sit at 18-30 C, for up to 5-7 days, depending on your preference. The longer they ferment, the sourer they become.
  • During the earliest stages of fermentation carbon dioxide is released. Check your jars once or twice a day to see if the lids are building up pressure. If you cannot Quickly and carefully “burp” your jar by slightly unscrewing the lid, allowing a bit of gas to escape, and screw it back on quickly.
  • Move to cold storage.