MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences

Re: what is pickeling exactly?

Date: Thu Jan 18 08:13:07 2001
Posted By: Edward Richter, Faculty, Food Microbiology, The Ohio State University
Area of science: Agricultural Sciences
ID: 979233136.Ag

Pickling is the food process of adding a brine usually consisting of 
sugar, salt, acid [lactic acid & or acetic (vinegar)] to vegetables or 

Vegetables and meat may also be ‘pickled via the actions of 
microorganisms.  This fermentation converts sugar (usually added) to acid 
as the microorganisms multiply.  The acid and salt change the composition 
of the meat or vegetables into a food which is both desirable and it which 
has a longer shelf life. 

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