Pickle: (1) a solution or bath for preserving or cleaning, a brine or vinegar solution in which foods are preserved; (2) any food item preserved via definition 1; (3) a nasty bit of luck, a bad situation, as in “in a pickle.”
The goal of pickling is to stop the march of time by shutting down enzymatic action in the target food and by rendering it either inhospitable to or unavailable to microbes, germs, little meanies and so on.
Did you know that leftover pickle brine can be added to marinades, salad dressings or mayonnaise? Oh, and pickle juice in beer really is quite refreshing!
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