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Quick, Easy Sous Vide Pickling Methods with Bags and Bowls
You can't go wrong with pickles — pickled beets, carrots, onions...you name it, we're up for it. But pickling can take a while, and sometimes you just need that (near) instant gratification. This recipe uses a Stasher bag and a quick-pickling technique, which is perfect for the impatient pickler.
Instead of waiting a week or more, these crispy sweet dills will be ready in just a day. Using a sous vide machine is the easiest technique, but if you don't have one check out the video and instructions below for a stovetop technique.
Let's get pickling!
Quick Pickles (Sous Vide Method)
Tools you'll need:
- A pot of water
- A sous vide machine OR range burner and standard thermometer
- A Stasher bag and bowl. A Sandwich or Stand-Up Mid bag works well for this recipe. Or, you can use one of the larger sizes (Half-Gallon, Stand-Up Mega, or 8-Cup Bowl) and double or triple the recipe.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 3/4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup pickling cucumber, sliced
- Set your water temperature to 140° Fahrenheit.
- In a Stasher bowl (with its built-in pour spout!) combine all ingredients except cucumbers. This mixture will be your brine for the pickles.
- Wash and slice your cucumbers and add them to a clean Stasher bag or bowl. Fill the rest of the bag / bowl with the brine, making sure to leave at least 1 inch of space at the top.
- Remove as much excess air from the bag as possible before sealing.
- Place the bag with the pickle mixture in your set temperature water. Let the cucumbers pickle for 2.5 hours in the heated water.
- Remove the bag and let your pickles sit on the counter overnight or place directly in an ice water bath for quick chilling.
Quick Pickles (Stovetop Method)
- Follow steps 2 through 4 above.
- Heat water on the stovetop to 140° Fahrenheit. Place pickle mixture in the heated water and let the cucumbers pickle for 2.5 hours. This works best if you maintain the same water temperature throughout the pickling process.
- Remove and add directly into an ice water bath for quick chilling.