If you like experiencing new flavours which are rich in taste, authentic Polish cuisine might interest you. Although is it usually associated with unhealthy, fatty dishes, it is much more than that. When it comes to traditional Polish food, pickles are worth trying, especially sauerkraut, gherkins and freshly-salted cucumbers. Today we will focus on the latter. Read the article to learn what freshly-salted cucumbers are, how to prepare them, and what equipment is needed in order to make them.
Quick pickled cucumbers – Polish cuisine basics
Quick pickled cumbers are one of the most popular vegetable-based side dishes in Polish cuisine. They are easy-to-prepare, cheap and really delicious! You can eat them together with your dinner or as a snack, e.g., while drinking beer or vodka!
Check what you need to prepare Polish-style freshly-salted cucumbers:
- 1.5 kg of small cucumbers,
- 5 garlic cloves
- horseradish root
- 5 bay leaves (not necessary if you don't like it or don't have one)
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 2 litres of water
Although 1.5 kg of small cucumbers, may seem to be a lot, we guarantee that you and your family, including children, will eat it in the blink of an eye!
When it comes to accessories, all you need is a special stoneware barrel which provides hermetic seal and protects cucumbers from light. The stoneware barrels are available in different sizes and capacities. Apart from pickling, they can be used as stylish storage containers.
A recipe for quick pickled ''freshly-salted'' cucumbers
Once you have all the ingredients, which are necessary for the preparation of freshly-salted cucumbers and a stoneware barrel, you can get straight to the action. Firstly, rinse the cucumbers under cold running water and cut off their ends. Then, rinse the garlic, the horseradish root and the dill. Cut the horseradish into slices. Put the bay leaves, the horseradish and garlic on the bottom of the barrel and add all the cucumbers. Dissolve the salt in lukewarm or hot water and pour the brine into the barrel. Close the lid.
Your freshly pickled cucumbers will be ready after 2 days. You can also pickle them in cold water, but then, the preparation time will be longer – it will take about 4-5 days. Always remember that a stoneware barrel should be clean! When your freshly-salted cucumbers are ready, put them onto an airtight container and refrigerate in brine. They will continue to ferment. The fermentation is quicker if you store them at a room temperature. The cucumbers will keep well in a fridge for up to a week.
Preparing home-made low-salt pickles takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any special skills. If you would like to try out this popular Polish side dish, just follow our instruction. You will surely be satisfied with the results!