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LH 25: Pickling Q&A

Welcome to Episode #25 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

Listener Cathy was in the middle of making one of my refrigerator pickle recipes when she realized she had several really good questions!

So I recorded a whole episode to give her the full answers.

In This Episode You Learn:

  • What should you do if you are short on brine?
  • What are the most important ingredients in a quick pickle for safety?
  • Are there any ingredients that you can leave out?
  • What happens if the cucumbers are not covered by brine?
  • Can you use natural sea salt instead of pickling or Kosher salt?

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Here’s My Video on Making Refrigerator Pickles:


Where to Buy Pickling Salt:

The prices of pickling (aka canning salt) can vary seasonally. When shopping online, it is easy to look around for the best price.

Amazon* (Morton’s Brand)

Kitchen Krafts (Ball’s Brand)

Kitchen Krafts (Their own Brand)

Lehmans (Do a search on ‘canning salt’ as it regularly goes on sale here)



About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

It’s like an audio “about” page for the podcast.


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Click here for the full transcript for Episode #25


Tell Me…

Have you ever made quick pickles?

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.