Two weeks ago I started a batch of lacto-fermented pickles. I carefully followed the recipe enclosed in the fermenting jar with air lock I bought recently. With great anticipation I’ve awaited the day they would be ready to sample. The child in me loves good pickle! I had great hopes my pickles would turn out delectable, delicious and crisp. Last night enough time had finally passed, and the moment of truth had arrived. I popped open the jar and pulled out a pickle. The center gave way to the pressure of the fork. It was a mushy mess. My pickles were a bomb…not to be confused with “the bomb”. This morning I dumped them into my kitchen compost pot.
I wish I had taken a picture of the “pickles” in the fermenting jar, but I did not. Initially the liquid in the jar was clear. The end result liquid was very cloudy even before I transferred them into jars for storage. (That’s my pretty and really yummy sauerkraut in the fermenting jar to the left.)
A mushy mess…so often bloggers share their successes. It seems fair to share some of the failures, too. These, my friends, were a failure.
I’m sure I will try to lacto-ferment pickles again, but I will search out a different recipe. Once was enough for this one. In the meantime, I’ll eat sauerkraut.
Until next time…
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18)