Welcome to our culinary haven, where we explore the world of delightful dishes that not only tantalize your taste buds but also cater to specific dietary preferences. Today, we are excited to share with you a fantastic recipe for “Marinated Keto Cucumbers.” This recipe offers a delightful blend of flavors, making it perfect for those following a keto, gluten-free, sugar-free, or vegan diet. With a cold brine and simple ingredients, these homemade pickles are incredibly easy to prepare, and the best part is that they’ll be ready to enjoy the very next day.
Who Is This Recipe For?
This recipe is tailored for individuals who are on a keto diet or following gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan lifestyles. Embracing a ketogenic diet means consuming low-carb and high-fat foods, making these marinated cucumbers a suitable and delicious addition to your meal plan. Even if you’re not following any specific dietary guidelines, these tangy and refreshing pickles will be a fantastic treat for anyone seeking a healthy and flavorful snack.
Why It’s Great
What sets these marinated cucumbers apart is their simplicity and nutritional value. They are packed with wholesome ingredients and are incredibly versatile, making them an ideal companion to a variety of dishes. Plus, they are an excellent way to utilize the abundance of cucumbers during the summer harvest. The refreshing taste and crunchy texture of these pickles make them perfect for cooling off on a hot day or satisfying those mid-afternoon cravings without compromising your dietary goals.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
To whip up these delectable marinated cucumbers, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:
- A 3-liter jar (or any airtight container of similar size I used a saucepan)
- Cutting board and a sharp knife
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Clean and dry kitchen towel or paper towels
Before we delve into the detailed directions, let’s gather the ingredients:
- Fresh cucumbers (long and smooth-skinned or small and bumpy-skinned) 1.5 kg
- Boiled cald drinking water 1 l.
- 9% vinegar 500 ml.
- Salt 5 tbs.
- Fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon of dried dill) 40 g.
- Minced garlic 5 cloves
- Black peppercorns 2 tsp.
Nutrition Facts for 1 Serving (20 g.)
|Cooking Time||24 hr.|
How to Make Marinated Keto Cucumbers
Step 1: Prepare the Cucumbers
Start by trimming the ends of the cucumbers. Then, cut them into long slices that can fit into your jar. Aim for 16 thin slices to make portioning convenient.
Step 2: Create the Marinade
Boil the water. Then in a clean jar, combine the water, salt, minced garlic, dill, and black peppercorns. Stir well to ensure the salt dissolves completely, and the flavors meld together. Wait till water becomes of a room temperature than add vinegar.
Step 3: Add the Cucumbers
Place the cucumber slices into the jar, ensuring they are fully submerged in the marinade. Seal the jar with a lid and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. As for me I did not do this. I close the lid of a saucepan where cucumbers marinatated.
Step 4: Enjoy!
After 24 hours, your marinated keto cucumbers will be ready to enjoy! The longer you leave them in the refrigerator, the more flavorful they will become. Serve them as a refreshing side dish or add them to salads and sandwiches for an extra burst of taste and crunch.
Tips and Variations
- Customize the Seasoning: Feel free to get creative with the seasoning. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat or experiment with other fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.
- Adjust the Sweetness: If you prefer a slightly sweeter flavor, you can add a few drops of liquid stevia or any keto-friendly sweetener to the marinade.
How long can I store the marinated cucumbers?
You can store these marinated cucumbers in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. For extended shelf life, consider sterilizing the jar and lid before filling them with the cucumbers and marinade. But when you open the jar eat them within a week.
What are some food pairings for marinated keto cucumbers?
These pickles complement a wide range of dishes. They are perfect alongside grilled meat or even as a garnish for keto-friendly tacos. Additionally, they pair wonderfully with cheese platters and cold cuts.
To store any leftover marinated cucumbers, simply keep them in the sealed jar and place it back in the refrigerator. The pickles will retain their delicious flavors for several weeks, allowing you to savor them whenever you desire a healthy and satisfying snack.
Congratulations! You’ve just mastered the art of making delectable marinated keto cucumbers. We hope you thoroughly enjoy the zesty and crisp flavors of this recipe. Share the joy of these homemade pickles with friends and family by sharing this recipe and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more exciting culinary adventures. Happy pickling!