Originally Posted by dinnerstick
i stuck in a fresh one off a neighbor's vine.... no harm done, but is there any evidence that it actually does anything or is it an old wives tale?
I use oak leaves for the same reason and I don't know whether I can tell the difference but meh it doesn't hurt any
I have tried making sour pickles with mixed results, my favorite batch consisted of about 2.5 lbs cukes, a head of garlic, black pepper, coriander, dill weed and about 15 habaneros.
As far as vinegar pickles, my latest batch was my favorite so far:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp salt
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup+ chipotle powder
1/4 cup cow horn flakes
1-2 tbsp cayenne powder
1 scotch bonnet powder
add all ingredients to a jar stuffed with quartered cukes, shake to mix, refrigerate to desired heat and smokiness (both increase with age), at least 5 days