Without herbs and spices, a pickle would be a bland shadow of the fresh cucumber it started out to be. The myriad nuances and complexities provided by the herbs and spices used in the pickling process are what give pickles their signature flavors.
It’s easy and fun to create your own signature pickling blend according to your taste preferences. Begin with a basic, multifunctional seasoning blend for the brine, then experiment with additional spices to strike a balance that makes the perfect pickle.
Note: The information below from Frontier Co-op refers to cucumber pickles, but just about any vegetable, from Italian giardiniera to onions and radishes, can be pickled using your own customized seasoned brine.
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