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Old 03-24-2019, 01:58 PM   #1
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What makes a kosher pickle kosher?

This subject has probably been covered ad nauseum here, but what makes a kosher pickle kosher? Mom swore up and down that Kosher pickles contain no vinegar. She says she learned this from her bubbeh. Some articles on the web claim that garlic makes kosher pickles kosher. I know, of course, that for a food to be considered “kosher,” it must be prepared and packaged according to the laws. That’s not what I’m talking about.

So, what exactly is a “kosher” pickle?

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Old 03-24-2019, 02:07 PM   #2
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So you're asking what the difference is between a dill pickle and a kosher dill pickle?

I like the Wiki definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickled_cucumber
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Thanks for the link Andy. So, that sort of corroborates Joel's mum. A traditionally fermented pickle wouldn't have any vinegar.
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Hopefully Charlie will see this and weigh in. I remember some of his posts about kosher pickles.
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:37 PM   #5
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I always considered the "kosher" was in reference to the type of salt used in making the brine. Brine doesn't always mean vinegar.

Although I have made sweet pickles (with vinegar) - my 'dill pickles' were less than spectacular. If memory serves, I did use a vinegar brine because it was easier than going the salt brine - my bad.

Other than beets which I do every couple of years, I rarely make pickles of any kind now. I just don't have enough pickle loving consumers to consume my favourite consumables.
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Brine doesn't always mean vinegar.

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"Brine," by definition, always means salt water.
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"Brine," by definition, always means salt water.
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Old 03-25-2019, 12:28 PM   #8
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LOL - got me! I was walking away from my desk when it suddenly dawned on me exactly what I had said!

Tarnation! Knew that wouldn't fly with a bunch of foodies!
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This subject has probably been covered ad nauseum here, but what makes a kosher pickle kosher? Mom swore up and down that Kosher pickles contain no vinegar. She says she learned this from her bubbeh. Some articles on the web claim that garlic makes kosher pickles kosher. I know, of course, that for a food to be considered “kosher,” it must be prepared and packaged according to the laws. That’s not what I’m talking about.

So, what exactly is a “kosher” pickle?

To make it even more confusing, the only way the pickle can be made None Kosher if somebody adds pork meat to it, or blood, or some sea foods.

Otherwise, pickles are inherently kosher. Why they called this way i do not know. Just like for example Kosher salt. Only in America it's called Kosher salt. Salt is perfectly kosher and is called all kind different names in other countries.
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:44 AM   #10
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Charlie, that's what we are trying to say.

Kosher dill pickles have nothing to do with the religious aspect of the word 'Kosher'. It is in reference to the type of salt grain known as Kosher, which is not in reference to the religious aspect of the name either.

Clear as mud.
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