Cloudy Pickle Brine is the Best Kind of Brine

If you are a Bubbies Pickles fan then you are most likely familiar with our signature cloudy brine full of tart flavor and spices. If you are new to traditional fermentation or have picked up a jar of our pickles and wondered why the juice wasn’t clear, or bright green, don’t fret.

This is totally normal, and here’s why:

FERMENTATION!

Bubbies Kosher Dill Pickles, as well as our sauerkrauts, green tomatoes, and relish, are naturally fermented in water with salt and spices. Cloudy brine is a natural by-product of the fermentation process and it tastes delicious! The cloudiness is a combination of lactic acid and yeast and is the reason why they call it Lactofermentation.

Why Does This Happen?

Various strains of bacteria are present on the surface of all plants, especially ones growing close to the ground, like pickles! Lactobacillus bacteria converts sugars into lactic acid, preserving the pickle. Lactic acid prevents the growth of harmful bacteria. Over time the cloudiness can settle out of the brine to the bottom of the jar and on the tops of the Pickles or Tomatoes. Some batches are naturally cloudier than others, but all are safe to consume and taste delicious. Shake Until Cloudy and Enjoy!

Cloudy brine is a sign that you have a safe, successful, and tasty ferment. Even after all the pickles are gone and you have a jar of delicious brine leftover, don’t toss it!

Our brine is delicious in salad dressings, tuna, and egg salad, but a lot of people like to drink it straight out of the jar!

Kid drinking pickle juice from jar

Our fan @_skkay shared this adorable photo with us!

Fermented Game Day Snacks

The Superbowl is this Sunday, and you know what that means- time for some serious snacks! We’ve collected an assortment of our favorite Game Day-worthy recipes from around the net, featuring some great food bloggers. Be sure to check out their other delicious recipes, and connect with them on social media!

While chicken wings are generally considered a staple snack, we think these Nashville Hot Chicken Quesadillas from Buy This Cook That might be your new go-to! Spicy chicken breasts, cheese, tortillas, and pickles are a match made in heaven!

What’s not to love about finger foods- especially when they combine a winning combination of flavors like bratwurst and sauerkraut? These Crescent-Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce from Kudos Kitchen By Renee look delicious!

If you’re a fan of German flavors, you’ll also enjoy these German Potato Skins from the Crumby Kitchen! Crispy baby potatoes, caramelized onions, bratwurst, and sauerkraut- what’s not to love?

No Superbowl party would be complete without a dip! If you love pickles, this delicious and easy Dill Pickle Dip from Spend With Pennies is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Pretzels are a great Game Day snack all on their own- but when they’re stuffed with sauerkraut and sauerkraut- amazing! These Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Pretzel Bites from Steele House Kitchen are a must-try!

Frickles are the best, but we have to admit we enjoy “mock frickles” even more! Try these Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles with a tasty Garlic Sauce from A Spicy Perspective for a clean-eating take that is just as delicious as the fried version.

Quick & Easy Savory Toasts

Four examples of ways to top toast: Sauerkraut, Tomatoes, salmon lox, and a sunny side up egg.

Mornings can be hectic, but your breakfast doesn’t have to be! A piece of toast can be the perfect palette for a delicious meal. Make one of our tasty, savory toast recipes for a quick and easy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or treat!

Sauer Avocado Toast (makes two pieces)

Sauerkraut and avocado on toast

  • Sliced bread of your choice, toasted
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 cup Bubbies Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

Toast bread to your liking; cut avocado half and mash onto toast. Drizzle lemon juice over the avocado, add sauerkraut, then garnish with red pepper flakes.

 Tomato Horseradish Toast (makes two pieces)

Peppered tomato and horseradish cream cheese on toast

  • Sliced bread of your choice, toasted
  • 1 medium firm but ripe heirloom tomato
  • 2 TBsp Bubbies Prepared Horseradish
  • 2 TBsp cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toast bread to your liking; in a small bowl, mix horseradish and cream cheese until it’s well blended. Spread the horseradish mixture onto toast. Thinly slice tomato, layer on to the horseradish mixture, then sprinkle over salt and pepper.

Smoked Salmon Toast (makes two pieces)

smoked salmon, dill, and horseradish cream cheese on toast

  • Sliced bread of your choice, toasted
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 TBsp Bubbies Prepared Horseradish
  • 2 TBsp cream cheese
  • 1 TBSp Bubbies Dill Relish
  • Fresh dill for garnish

Toast bread to your liking; in a small bowl, mix horseradish, relish and cream cheese together until it’s well blended. Spread the mixture onto toast. Add salmon and top with pieces of fresh dill.

Avocado Breakfast Toast (makes two pieces)

avocado sauerkraut and sunny side up egg on toast

  • Sliced bread of your choice, toasted
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup of Bubbies Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut (drained)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toast bread to your liking; cook eggs. We chose to do over easy but scrambled or sunny side up works too! Cut avocado half and mash onto toast. Add drained sauerkraut, and top with eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

CranApple Kraut Appetizers

Cran apple filling in lettuce wrap

Tis the season… for appetizers! We love little bites and nibbles- and not just during the holiday season. With the holidays in mind, however, we decided to create a seasonal sauerkraut salad that is not only beautiful and festive but delicious too! Crisp apples, sauerkraut, and simmered cranberries combined make for a tart, sweet and refreshing salad. Serve in endive leaves for appetizers, or alone as a delicious crisp side salad.

Recipe Ingredients on cutting board

  • 1 firm apple, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith
  • 1/3 cup sauerkraut (drained)
  • 5-6 Baby carrots
  • 4 Sweet peppers
  • ½ cup fresh Cranberries
  • 1-2 heads of Belgian endive lettuce
  • 1.5 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Olive oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt

cooked cranberries

  1. Add whole cranberries to a pot with a  ¼ cup water; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once some of the berries have started to pop open, turn the heat down to medium and add honey.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for another few minutes, then remove berries from the pan, and set aside.
  4. Simmer the liquid for another couple minutes. The result should be a syrupy, cranberry colored liquid.
  5. Pour the liquid into a medium-sized bowl, and let the syrup cool down while you prep the veggies and apple.
  6. Chop carrots, peppers, and apples into cubes or thin matchsticks. We used Pink Lady apples- they seem to oxidize less, hold up well, and have a perfectly sweet and tart flavor.
  7. Measure out the sauerkraut and drain it well.
  8. Add oil and vinegar to the bowl with the cranberry syrup and whisk together vigorously until it’s well-mixed.
  9. Add all vegetables, sauerkraut, and fruits, and toss well.
  10. Add Greek Yogurt and stir again until mixed and creamy.
  11. Break off individual leaves of the endive and fill the cup of the leaves with salad, or enjoy this salad all by itself!

Makes approximately 12 appetizers.

cranberry apple sauerkraut slaw

cranberry apple sauerkraut slaw in lettuce leaf

cranberry apple sauerkraut slaw in lettuce leaf appetizers on plate

cranberry apple sauerkraut slaw in lettuce leaf appetizers on plate