Are kosher dill pickles sour?
Dill: The most popular kind of pickle, made with fresh dill. “Kosher” pickles are the most common deli find, and dill weed is added to the pickles in the final stages of fermentation. Sour/Half Sour: These are pickles made in a brine that doesn't contain vinegar.
With regard to 'kosher' pickles, the word 'Kosher' simply means Jewish style and has nothing to do with Jewish law. This style of pickle is made with salt dill and garlic and no vinegar or sugar. For example, Vlasic pickles are Polish pickles and they are also kosher certified.
- Pickles have been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as 2030 BC when cucumbers from their native India were pickled in the Tigris Valley. The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch pekel or northern German pókel, meaning “salt” or “brine,” two very important components in the pickling process.
- Pickling vs. Slicing. Before you plant, decide which type you want. Some cucumbers grow on 6-foot-long vines that sprawl on the ground or are trained to climb on a cucumber trellis or other structure. Bush varieties grow 2 to 3 feet wide and are well suited for smaller gardens.
- To make refrigerator dill pickles, mix sliced cucumbers with vinegar, salt, sugar, dill, garlic and onion. Put them in a jar with a tight lid. Shake the jar a couple of times a day for five days. The pickles will be ready to eat in five days to one week.
Flavor in Polish Dill Pickles. Polish dills contain more spices and garlic than either traditional dill pickles or kosher dill pickles. These pickles tend to be peppery and may be flavored with mustard seeds. Their flavor is similar to the kosher dill and they are served in the same way.
- Half-sour pickles are extra crispy and keep their fresh cucumber color. Sweet pickles are packed in a sweet mixture of vinegar, sugar and spices. Here are some variations: Bread & Butter - Sweet, thinly-sliced pickles made from cucumbers, onions and chopped green or red peppers.
- These spears have a mildly sour flavor, not the vinegarbomb that others were. "Very natural, like they're fresh from a deli barrel," said one taster. Garlicky, a touch sweet, and not processed-tasting. They could be a bit crunchier.
- A "kosher" dill pickle is not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary law. Rather, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with generous addition of garlic and dill to a natural salt brine.
Updated: 20th September 2018