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I want to make some pickled cucumbers. Recipe calls for "Pickling Salt". Don't know what that is. I have table salt, kosher salt and the rock salt you use to make ice cream. Can I use one of these and would it be same amounts as called for pickling salt. Thanks for your help.

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Last updated: Mar. 29, 2013 3:13 pm
Posted: Mar. 29, 2013 12:34 pm
Answered by: Don
Mar. 29, 2013 12:39 pm
Hi, from Cooks thesaurus --- cheers. pickling salt = canning salt = canning and pickling salt Notes: This is similar to table salt, but lacks the iodine and anti-caking additives that turn pickles dark and the pickling liquid cloudy. Pickles made with table salt would still be good to eat, but they wouldn't look as appetizing. Pickling salt is available in large bags or boxes in supermarkets, but it's hard to find in cities. In addition to pickling or canning with it, you can also use pickling salt just as you would ordinary table salt, though without the anti-caking agents it may get lumpy if exposed to moisture. To prevent lumps, put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker. To get rid of lumps, spread the salt on a cookie sheet and bake in an oven. Don't substitute reduced-sodium salt for pickling salt when making pickles. Substitutes: kosher salt (Since it's not as dense as pickling salt, you'll need to use more, but how much more varies by brand. 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of Morton Kosher Salt = 1 cup Morton Canning & Pickling Salt. For other brands, it's best to measure by weight rather than volume.) OR table salt (The iodine in table salt may turn your pickles dark, and the anti-caking agents may turn the pickling liquid cloudy.)
Mar. 29, 2013 12:51 pm
Wow, Don -- thanks for the tutorial. I am not going to the store but it sounds like Kosher would be my best option of what I have on hand.
Mar. 29, 2013 1:19 pm
covergirl you can use Kosher salt,i use it for a lot of things.
Mar. 29, 2013 1:42 pm
thanks Manella, I too use Kosher salt for most everything. That's my plan, going to make them tomorrow. "Mustard Pickles". Trying to use up some mini cucs. in the refrig.
Mar. 29, 2013 2:14 pm
We've used the rock sale when we can't find pickling salt.
Mar. 29, 2013 2:15 pm
Oh I love mustard pickles,send me some:O)
Mar. 29, 2013 3:13 pm
Oh Jenstwin, I have this package of rock salt in the closet and don;t know where to use it, maybe this is the way. Decisions Decisions.
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