Kosher pickle is the type of cucumber pickle. It is known as ‘pickle’ in America and Canada but as ‘gherkin’ in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. It is also known as Kosher dill pickle. There is a very slight difference between regular cucumber pickles and kosher pickles. Kosher pickle contains the addition of garlic in vinegar and salt brine.
These are used to eat raw or along with sandwiches or burgers. There are a lot of health benefits of a kosher pickle. It is full of antioxidants, boosts the immune system, supports weight loss, is very useful in regulating blood sugar, and a good source of potassium.
How to Store Kosher Pickle
Kosher pickle is a kind of cucumber kept in the brine for few days to months to make it taste like a pickle. Brine is the solution of salt, vinegar, and garlic. If you have bought one bottle of kosher pickle or making your own in your home, you might be wondering how you can store it to make it last longer.
You can store your kosher pickle in a few methods, increasing its shelf life and making it last longer by keeping its freshness and taste.
In your Pantry
You should keep your kosher pickle at room temperature in your pantry. Keeping at room temperature will not decrease its shelf life because of the presence of vinegar, which is the best preserver.
Away from Heat
Do not forget to keep your kosher pickle jar away from any heat source. Constant heating up the brine and pickle will eventually spoil it or change its taste. Always keep it in a cool place or at room temperature.
Keeping the jar airtight will retain the kosher pickle’s freshness. Exposing to continuous air or keeping in an open space may change its taste.
Away from Direct Sunlight
As mentioned earlier, you should keep your kosher pickle away from any heat source, so does sunlight. As sunlight can heat the brine, which can eventually change the flavor of the pickle or there are chances of it getting worse. So it is suggested to keep it in the dark place.
If you want to keep its freshness, texture, and taste the same without compromising on the quality, you can put it in the refrigerator as well. But do not forget to put it in an airtight jar or sealed container.
Can You Freeze Kosher Pickle
There is a question that for what purpose you want to freeze the kosher pickle? If you want to freeze it for the preserving method, the answer is No! you cannot freeze it and cannot consume it by eating it raw or using it in any wrap.
But on the other hand, if you want to freeze it commercially or at your home for the sake of production method, you can freeze your kosher pickle. First, you have to boil cucumber in vinegar solution, then pre-freeze it and freeze them in the airtight glass container. Doing so will make it last for a year in the freezer.
How Long Does Kosher Pickle Last
Kosher pickle is the pickles which include garlic in its brine solution. If you have bought kosher pickle from the mart and now you want to keep it for a long time because you cannot consume it within a day or two.
You want to know for how long your kosher pickle can last and retain its taste and freshness. If you are keeping it unopened in your pantry, it can last for 1 to 2 years and provide room temperature and a dark place.
But if you have opened a kosher pickle and kept it in the refrigerator, then your pickle might last for 1 to 2 years. Frozen kosher pickle is not good to reuse for eating raw, as freezing the brine will change its taste and property, which will eventually affect your pickles. The opened kosher pickle can last for almost 1 to 2 years in the refrigerator.
How To Tell If Kosher Pickle Is Bad
Everything in the food world can go bad if it is not stored or kept properly. The most important factor for your kosher pickle to last long is to store it under proper temperature. But if you are wondering that how you can tell if your kosher pickle has gone bad or still in good taste and shape, you can opt for the methods of checking, which we will discuss below.
- Texture: You will notice a change in the texture of the vinegar/brine. The bubbles will start producing in the solution, which indicates that your kosher pickle is exposed to heat and is getting spoiled.
- Smell: The bad smell can indicate your kosher pickle getting bad.
- Expiry date: Regularly check the expiry date mentioned on the back of the jar.