Fun Facts About Pickles for Kids
A great way to preserve the flavours of summer are by using pickling methods! To break it down, pickling is a method used to make food last longer. The most basic way to do this is by soaking it in a solution of vinegar or brine, and then adding salt and possibly spices. Pickles or actually cucumbers aren’t the only veggies that you can pickle though they are the most common. There are a variety of different fruits and vegetables that you can pickle such as asparagus, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, cauliflower, carrots, cherries, grapes, green beans, mushrooms, onions, peaches, peppers, radishes, rhubarb, strawberries, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon. The list goes on and on. You also don’t have to just use vinegar as the base, for a more mellow flavour try using apple cider vinegar!
Since this weeks 2bite challenge over at the POP tent is going to be pickles. That’s what we’re going to focus on today. Here are some fun facts about pickles:
- Pickles actually start off as cucumbers and don’t turn into pickles until the pickling preservation method is used.
- Queen Cleopatra supposedly used pickles as a beauty treatment.
- Some athletes drink pickle juice during a game because the vinegar in pickle juice triggers tour nerves, which sends out a signal to your muscles to stop cramping.
- Pickles date back nearly 4,500 years ago. By pickling things, it made food last longer which was a big deal since refrigerators hadn’t been invented quite yet!
- Sailors took them with them on their voyages to combat scurvy, a disease cause by lack of vitamin c – which is found in fruits and vegetables.
This Sunday, POP kids are going to learn more about what the pickling process is and how they can start pickling at home! Afterwards they will get to try some pickles found at the market by making a creamy dill pickle dip!
Hope to see you there!
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