Mar 17, 2023
Learn the history and benefits of the "Pickle" and pickling. This is and was a King's Snack!
What a Pickle!
What is a Pickle you ask? Well according to the english dictionary and Wikipedia a pickled cucumber (commonly known as a pickle in the United States and Canada, and a gherkin in Britain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand) is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period of time, by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation. We pickle A Mustard Seed pickled products twice for a unique combination of sweet heat. We first make a dill pickle. Taking a fermented cucumber or pepper we then add our family secret recipe to produce our wonder award winning pickle. Pickled cucumbers are often part of mixed pickles. This delight has been around for many years. Pickling began 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. Pickling was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Speaking of history, did you know pickles were made for nobles and kings?
The ultimate snack for a King.
During the Victorian era, pickles were considered a luxury food, meaning that households that served pickles were wealthy enough to have servants or staff who could prepare pickles. Middle and upper class households often served pickles in pickle castors, a glass container in an embellished silver holder. The pickles were served with coordinated silver tongs. I think this a marvelous fact given the art of Charcuterie which was started by the French includes pickled products. A Mustard Seed Company elevates it yet more by making it a sweet heat yet delicate addition to your board. When indulging in cured meats and mild cheeses it adds flair and a unique flavor when ferminitized products are spiced.
It’s not just a snack, it's a side item to your meal.
In the United States, pickles are often served as a side dish accompanying meals. This often takes the form of a "pickle spear", which is a pickled cucumber cut lengthwise into quarters or sixths. Pickles may be used as a condiment on a hamburger or other sandwich (usually in slice form), or on a sausage or hot dog in chopped form as pickle relish. We cut Big Mike’s at least 1 inch thick for a charcuterie board snack size. This cut allows our customers to take a big bite like the kings in our historical times. We make these luxury snacks for the noble in us all.