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Introduction to Suzie’s Good Fats Snack Bars

Welcome to the Delicious World of Suzie’s Good Fats Snack Bars

If you’ve reached a point where you think that all snack bars are starting to look the same and taste the same, we’ve got some great news for you! In case you haven’t already heard of them, there is a new line of snack bars from Suzie’s Good Fats that are amazingly delicious and a perfect fit for the low carb lifestyle.

Here, we’re going to take a closer look at these bars and the forward-thinking company that makes them. Let’s start by learning more about Suzie’s Good Fats and how their unique approach sets them apart from all the other snack bar products on the market today.

The Story Behind Suzie’s Good Fats

You may think that it’s common knowledge that fats are considered ‘bad’ for your health, but like many things related to our diet, it’s actually not that simple. There are many different types of fats, and some of them are quite beneficial as part of our diets in many ways.

It’s this confusion about the true health impact of different types of fats that led Susan Yorke to create a company dedicated to dispelling the myths and producing delicious snacks that deliver all the health benefits that good fats have to offer. Suzie herself is a firm believer in the benefits of good fats, and practices what she preaches in her own diet and lifestyle.

What Makes Suzie’s Good Fats Bars Different

While nutritionists and doctors are in general agreement that trans fats are unhealthy and should be avoided, there are other types of good fats that are present in a wide variety of foods. These healthy fats are known as saturated fats and are the types of naturally occurring fats that exist in foods such as avocados, nuts, fish, and many others.

Research has shown that a diet that includes healthy fats in it has many positive effects, including benefits to energy levels and metabolism. Healthy fats have also been shown to help improve brain function and mood balance, as well as influence the overall health of your skin, eyes, and general feelings of well-being.

It’s these healthy fats that make Suzie’s Good Fats snack bars different. By using saturated fats as one of their key ingredients, Suzie’s Good Fats snack bars have a wonderful taste and texture that you just can’t get in other types of low carb bars. They’re low in sugar, high in fibre and protein, and the perfect sweet snack treat.

Explore the Flavours of Suzie’s Good Fats Snack Bars

When it comes to flavours, these snack bars have a great variety of chocolatey combinations that are sure to please anyone with a craving for something rich and sweet. Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious and popular flavours from Suzie’s Good Fats.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

In the words of the team at Suzie’s, this is their ‘dream bar’, and let us confirm that it definitely delivers on that statement. The taste and texture are simply decadent, and you’d never in a million years believe that they contain only 2g of sugar unless we told you so. If you don’t believe us, try one and your taste buds will convince you.

Mint Chocolate Chip Bars

Just like the coconut bar, these mint chocolate chip treats are just as rich, creamy and decadent, but with an added burst of fresh mint flavour that works amazingly well with chocolate. These bars simply melt in your mouth, and you’ll find your craving for something sweet will be satisfied like never before.

Peanut Butter Chocolatey Bars

If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, these bars are your dream come true. The creamy taste of peanut butter merges with the rich smooth chocolate coating and takes your taste buds on a heavenly journey. These are so good, you’ll want to keep them your private little snack secret or else the box just won’t last!

Rich Chocolatey Almond Bars

Creamy chocolate and crunchy almonds are a great combo that always delivers a great snack experience, and these bars take that experience to the next level. These are a top-selling snack bar for obvious reasons. Give some a try today!

Thanks, Suzie!

All this talk about these amazing snack bars have us craving another one, so we’re going to wrap things up and simply say, “Thanks for the incredibly delicious snack bars, Suzie!”

To get your hands on some of your own, browse our selection of Suzie’s Good Fats products here at The Low Carb Grocery and discover the amazing taste and great health benefits that come from good fats.

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Recipes – Living Low Carb 2018

Learn to Make the Best Low Carb Pumpkin Pie with these Recipes

It seems that everywhere you go during the fall season, you’ll encounter the wonderful aroma and flavour of pumpkin in all kinds of different recipes. And yet with all those different taste experiences to choose from, in our humble opinion, no other pumpkin creation is as distinctive and iconic as a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

It’s a tradition that goes back countless years and is just as important a component of a classic Thanksgiving feast as a giant roasted turkey. Of course, like many other types of pie, most of the traditional recipes for pumpkin pie will likely be high in sugars and high in carbs. Fortunately, low carb dieters won’t need to skip over dessert thanks to these amazing recipes for low carb pumpkin pies that will blow you away this Thanksgiving.

Naturally, if you have your own family recipe that’s been passed down for generations, you don’t need to set it aside just because you’re living low carb. Pretty much any pie recipe can be made the low carb way with just a few simple changes. For example, instead of sugar you can use your preferred alternative sweetener as a substitute. Just make sure that you factor in the different sweetening power that some artificial sweeteners have, as you may need a smaller amount to achieve the same sweetness level.

Another way to reduce the carbs in any kind of pie is to switch to a low carb pie crust. You can make your own from scratch using flours such as almond or coconut flour in order to bring down the carb counts in the crust. Alternatively, you could simply opt for a pre-packaged pie crust mix, like this low carb pie crust mix.

However, if you’re searching for a completely new recipe to try for your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we’ve found three amazing creations that are sure to end your meal on a high note. Let’s take a look at these tasty desserts!

Low Carb & Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

This first recipe is a low carb spin on a classic pumpkin pie that is easy to make and produces an absolutely delicious dessert that no one will know is low carb and sugar free. To make this pie, you’ll be using a coconut flour pie crust and Sukrin fibre syrup as the main sweetener, but this can be easily substituted for Stevia or another type of liquid sweetener. In the comments section of this recipe, you’ll see several alternatives mentioned that you could use if Sukrin syrup is not available for you.

Easy Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

For those of us that are following the keto diet, you’ll know that there are a few more considerations that need to be made to ensure that it fits with the keto rules. Fortunately, with this recipe for easy keto pumpkin pie you can still enjoy a slice of this delicious dessert on Thanksgiving. In addition to being extremely tasty, this pie is also amazingly simple to make. This recipe even includes a tip on how to make this pie paleo-friendly, so it can easily be customized to suit virtually any dietary needs without a lot of hassle.

Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Here’s an interesting way to prepare a delicious low carb pumpkin pie that is a bit more like a custard and skips the crust entirely. This sugar free pumpkin pie recipe offers tips on how to make it with fresh home-roasted pumpkin, so if you’re feeling particularly ambitious in making your pumpkin pie dessert entirely from scratch, this recipe is what you need. Of course, you can always use canned pumpkin as well, so if you’re in a bit more of a hurry you’re still good to go with this pie recipe.

Sugar Free Whipped Cream

If you ask us, pumpkin pie just isn’t the same without a big dollop of rich, smooth whipped cream on top. You can easily make your own sugar free whipped cream using this recipe and the taste and texture are absolutely perfect, so you can have your Thanksgiving dessert exactly the way you want it.

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Now that you’ve got all the info on how to make a perfect low carb pumpkin pie, we want to wish you and your family all the best for this Thanksgiving holiday. We certainly hope that your weekend is filled with good food, loving family, and wonderful memories.

Happy Thanksgiving from the team here at The Low Carb Grocery!

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What’s New in Healthy Living? Interesting Health Related Stories

Read Up with these 5 Fascinating Healthy Living News Stories

It always amazes us how much knowledge is gained every year by doctors and scientists that are engaged in research projects around the world, and how this knowledge changes our approach to so many aspects of our health. Every now and then, we like to pull together some of the most interesting stories that we come across in to a digest post and share these with you.

“Canada’s artificial trans fats ban comes into effect — with a phase-out period” – CBC News

Health Canada scored a win in September 2018 when they officially added partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of artificial trans fats, to their “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances”. This move comes after a lengthy struggle by doctors and health professionals who have pushed for tighter regulations on these types of oils due to their well-documented negative health impacts.

Artificial trans fats are known for their heart-clogging properties and Canadians have long been warned to avoid them by nutritionists, doctors, and fitness professionals across the country. Canada joins an increasing number of countries that are taking an aggressive stance on artificial trans fats in hopes of protecting the health of citizens and reducing the risks associated with these substances.

“App developers are using artificial intelligence to advise teens about their health” – The Globe and Mail

It’s almost impossible to find a teen without a smartphone or connected device in their possession these days. While the majority of their use may be centered around communicating with their friends and family, more and more teens are using these devices to get information related to their health in a private and discreet way. Recognizing a need for a tool that can help teens get accurate information about their health in a way that makes them comfortable, a team of teen app developers at the Toronto startup EmojiHealth is working to provide just that.

Leveraging advanced AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms, EmojiHealth allows teens to ask questions to an automated bot program that will provide accurate answers and direct them to the best way to get additional information. Written with familiar language and with answers vetted by professional health care providers, EmojiHealth aims to better inform teens about their health and well-being and encourage them to take a more prominent role in their own healthcare.

“Eating fiber can delay brain aging” – Medical New Today 

Fiber is an essential part of our diets and helps to keep our digestive tract working efficiently. However, recent studies have shown that the health benefits of fiber go beyond our digestive system and actually helps our brain health, too. Fiber-rich foods helps to stimulate the production of a type of short-chain fatty acid that researchers say has anti-inflammatory properties. This study conducted at the University of Illinois demonstrated that there are certain types of immune cells in the brain that become inflamed as patients age. It is this inflammation that scientists say can be reduced by a higher level of short-chain fatty acids in the blood, such as those produced by a high fiber diet.

Although still in the early stages of research, these findings are further reinforcement that our diets can significantly affect our health in ways we previously did not understand. The benefits of a well-rounded diet rich in protein, vitamins and nutrients, including dietary fiber, are too strong to be ignored and should be a top priority for all of us to help ensure we live long and healthy lives.

“Cardio exercise and strength training affect hormones differently” – Science Daily

You’re probably already familiar with the fact that exercise causes your body to produce hormones that affect our mood, stimulate muscle growth, and have many other effects on your overall well-being. But, did you know that different types of exercise will affect your hormones in different ways? The University of Copenhagen is undertaking a study in to this aspect of human health and fitness and has observed some fascinating results.

Specifically, the study looks at how strength training and cardio exercise differ in their influence on the hormones in the body. Initial results showed interesting changes in the hormone FGF21 following intense cardiovascular exercise, with patients showing a substantially elevated level of this hormone. Strength training however does not demonstrate the same drastic elevation of FGF21. This study is still underway, with other links between hormones and metabolism to be examined more closely.

“Humans are natural runners – and this ancient gene mutation might have helped” – Popular Science

While you may not think that you’ve got the physical fitness level to compete in a long-distance marathon, scientists have recently discovered that you’ve at least got the basic genetic material that you would need, thanks to a mutation that occurred about 2 or 3 million years ago. This particular mutation resulted in a boosted level of oxygen to our working muscles, allowing us to go farther, faster, and longer than before.

It should be noted that there is some controversy about whether this mutation is causation or simply correlation, but there is no doubt that its appearance certainly helped us increase our endurance and boosted our ability to run long distances. Studies like this help us to better understand how our bodies are affected by exercise, and how we can use it to our advantage in maintaining a healthy body and increasing our longevity.

Live Better & Stay Healthy

We certainly hope that these articles have proven to be interesting for you, and that they’ve encouraged you to learn more about these topics in an effort to help improve your overall health and well-being as a result.

Check back again for more fascinating news stories from the worlds of medical science, physical fitness, nutrition, and general health & well-being.

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Activity Trackers & Wearable Fitness Tech

Quick Buyer’s Guide for Smart Watches & Fitness Trackers

You’ve probably seen those fancy digital bracelets and little clip-on tech devices all over the place, from the gym to the grocery store and everywhere else. But if you’ve never used an activity tracker, you may be wondering exactly how they work, and what the differences are between all the different styles and types. With so many makes and models to choose from, it can be quite a daunting experience to choose the right one for what you need.

In this article, we’re going to run down all the essential info that you need to know to understand more about activity and fitness trackers, and how to choose the right one for your lifestyle and preferred types of physical activities. Let’s start by taking a quick look in to the technology that allows these types of activity and fitness trackers to work.

How Do Activity Trackers Work?

There’s a lot of technology packed in to such a small device, but that’s what is needed in order to accurately track your movements and actions. When it comes to the inner workings of a fitness tracker, it’s all about the sensors. There are several different types of sensors used in activity trackers, and the more advanced ones will have multiple sensors all working together to gather and transmit a wide range of different data points.

The most essential sensor in a fitness tracker is known as an accelerometer. These sensors are engineered to measure movement speed and movement direction. The accelerometer gathers data such as how fast you move, the pattern and intensity of your movements, and how long each movement lasts.

Another type of sensor commonly used in activity and fitness trackers is a gyroscope. These sensors differ from accelerometers as they are designed to measure the orientation of the device as well as rotation movements. Gyroscopes are particularly useful in measuring certain types of fluid motions such as tennis or golf swings, or other aspects of your movement that require an additional layer of analysis beyond what can be gauged with an accelerometer alone.

Some activity trackers also include a built-in GPS to track precise location and travel routes, which are particularly useful for runners and cyclists who don’t wish to carry any extra or unnecessary equipment on their adventures.

Of course, the data gathered by these sensors isn’t much use if you can’t transmit it to a device capable of analyzing the information. That’s why activity trackers will also have built-in transfer technology to download the information to other devices such as mobile devices and laptops.

While this can easily be done by a physical connection like a USB cable, most modern activity trackers use some form of wireless technology, such as Bluetooth, to automatically send the data seamlessly to the Cloud or directly to your device.

Different Styles of Activity Tracker

There are several different styles and types of activity and fitness trackers to choose from, each with their own set of advantages that make them better suited to certain types of activities or to fit with the individual preferences of the user.

The most basic type of activity tracker is the small, clip-on style. These are very minimal in form and offer the most compact solution for tracking movements. Clip-on activity trackers have a built-in hook or fastener so that they may be easily attached to the users clothing or shoes.

Activity and fitness trackers are also available in styles to be worn on the wrist. This style of tracker tends to offer more options in terms of appearance and style, as well as more functions and capability due to their larger form factor. Most people opt for this style of activity tracker since they are convenient and comfortable to wear and offer greater usability.

Essential Features & Functions

Virtually all types of activity trackers will gather a similar set of basic data points. These include things like speed, distance, and duration. Many also include additional details such as number of steps taken and estimated calories burned. Think about the types of activity you want to track, and what you intend to use the information for before you buy. If you’re using the tracker as part of your weight loss regimen, you will likely want more features than a simple step counter can offer.

Water resistance is a nice feature to look for, even if you’re not intending to use it for swimming or other watersports, as you never know when you’ll get caught in an unexpected rain shower. Having protection against water offers some nice peace of mind that your activity tracker won’t get damaged by an accidental splash.

Battery life should be considered as well, since your activity tracker isn’t much good if the batter dies. Most activity trackers have long battery life, and if you remember to charge them at night every day, you should never have to worry about running out of power.

Popular Brands & Top-Rated Trackers

Misfit Shine 2

This excellent little tracker has tons of great features packed in to a very compact design. It’s simple use of LEDs on the face of the tracker gives you at-a-glance progress updates, and its sleek minimalist design is available in many different colour options. The Misfit Shine 2 can be worn on the wrist or removed from its strap and clipped on to your clothing using the included clasp. If you’re looking for a simple tracker that has great fashion appeal, this is a fantastic choice.

Garmin Vivosport

This next one comes from one of the leading names in GPS electronics, so you can be sure it will be loaded with advanced features and top-of-the-line technology. The Garmin Vivosport activity tracker is designed with runners in mind, but offers so much capability you’ll find that it’s perfect for monitoring every move you make all day long. The Garmin Vivosport includes built-in GPS, heart rate tracking, and a beautiful digital display all in a comfortable and lightweight wrist band.

Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit is one of the most popular and well-known brands of fitness tracker, and it’s easy to see why. They’ve got lots of features and cool style, and their latest design adds even more capabilities for you to benefit from. The Fitbit Charge 3 has an elegant strap and digital display, is water resistant to 50m, has a 7-day battery life, and will track everything from your heart rate to your sleep patterns, and more.

Get Moving & Feel Better

Fitness trackers are extremely useful tools as part of the low carb lifestyle. Managing your dietary intake is critically important, but equally important is making sure that you’re getting enough exercise throughout your day to help maintain a healthy body and improve your overall feeling of well-being.

We certainly hope that you’ve found this article helpful in your search for an activity tracker, and that you use it to help boost your fitness regime to reach a new level of health and vitality.

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The Latest New Low Carb Food Products

Guide to Finding the Hottest New Low Carb Products

It’s always incredible to learn just how many exciting new products are becoming available from all the top low carb brands every day. It seems like there are always new flavours, new types of foods, and emerging brands to discover as part of the low carb lifestyle, and it’s made easier than ever to cut out carbs and live healthier.

However, with so many new products and brands hitting the shelves it can be difficult to stay in tune with what’s new. That’s why we’ve put together this article. Here at The Low Carb Grocery, we pride ourselves on carrying the best brands and the widest array of low carb products, and we want to make sure that you are able to find the hottest new items each and every time you shop with us. We’re going to give you all the tips you need to discover the newest products from your favourite brands.

Let’s get started!

Check out the New & Featured Products on the Homepage

Your first stop will usually be our website homepage, which is where we offer information about current product specials and hot deals, as well as our recent blog posts where you can get great advice and tips on how to get the most out of the low carb diet.

You’ll also find a section on our homepage called ‘New & Featured Products’ where we showcase the newest products we’ve started carrying. This is the place to find the most exciting new products at The Low Carb Grocery, so be sure to check back regularly to see what’s new since your last visit.

Browse by Category or Brand and Sort by Date Added

If you’re looking to see what’s new in a specific type of product category, or perhaps from one of your favourite low carb brands, it’s easy to see what the most recent additions are in categories and from specific brands.

To see the latest additions in a category, simply navigate to your category of interest using the ‘Shop All Products’ link in the top navigation, and then select the category you’d like to see. Once you’re on that category page, click on the ‘Sort By’ tool at the top of the list of products and select ‘Date Added’. This will automatically filter the items in that category and place the newest products at the top of the list.

To see the newest products from a particular brand, use the top bar navigation to select the ‘Shop By Brand’ section. Click on the brand name you’re interested in to bring up a list of all products we carry from that brand, and then use the ‘Sort By’ tool to organize the products by ‘Date Added’. You will now see the most recent additions from that particular brand, with the newest products at the top of the list.

Sign up for Valuable Email News & Offers

If you want to make it even easier to discover hot new low carb products from the most popular brands, then the best way is to sign up for our email newsletters where we announce new products, as well as special offers and deals. You’ll get notified about promotions and special pricing available in-store and online, so sign up today to start receiving the good news!

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We don’t stop there, however. There are even more ways to get valuable information and news about living a healthy low carb lifestyle, as well as product updates and special offers. Check us out on social media and join the community, which is full of encouragement and positive energy all centered around healthy living and delicious low carb foods.

We’ve got a thriving Facebook page where we share all kinds of information on new products, helpful articles and recipes, and plenty of excellent content that we discover from the best low carb bloggers and foodies. Check out The Low Carb Grocery on Facebook & follow us for more valuable information.

Check out the Low Carb Lifestyle Blog

If you’re not already familiar with our Low Carb Lifestyle Blog, you’re going to want to check it out and explore all the great articles, tips and tricks, and recipe ideas we share there to help you get the most out of your low carb diet.

We also publish features on the most popular brands and newest products that are available here at The Low Carb Grocery. You’ll learn more about the best brands in the world of low carb foods, as well as get tons of advice on how to use their great products as part of your weekly meal plans.

Contact Us at Any Time

Of course, if you want to get even more information on the brands and products that are leading the way in the world of low carb foods, you can always contact us and speak with our team. We’re more than happy to answer your questions, so drop us a message online or pop in to one of our store locations and discover all the best low carb products from your favourite brands. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you’re looking for wholesale low carb products for your health food store, check out the LCG Foods website, where many of these products are available on a B2B basis.

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How to Pickle All Types of Vegetable

Pickling Guide: How to Pickle & Preserve Vegetables

It’s one of the oldest methods of preserving foods, and yet is still consistently popular due to the unique flavours that it produces. It’s called pickling, and we’ve put together this helpful article to guide you through the process of how to pickle a wide range of vegetables in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen.

Pickling foods is actually quite easy, and only requires a few simple ingredients and tools to get started. It’s also a great way to experiment with some new flavour combinations, as the pickling ingredients can easily be customized with a diverse array of seasonings and spices, allowing your culinary creativity to shine through.

First, we’re going to give you a brief overview of how pickling works, and why this traditional method of preserving foods is still so popular even today.

Why Pickle Foods?

The origins of pickling as a food preservation process go back as far as 4000 years, where ancient civilizations used the process to effectively store foods for long periods of time, while simultaneously maintaining a pleasant taste experience. The brine used in pickling wards off the decay of the foods, allowing civilizations who relied on farming and cultivating to store food and avoid succumbing to temporary droughts or poor growing seasons.

Pickling imbues the foods with acidic taste properties that give them a ‘bite’ on the taste buds that is often used to complement or accompany other types of tastes. This is why pickles and pickled foods such as sauerkraut are so popular as a topping on grilled meats. The mixing of savoury flavours with the briny taste of pickled vegetables is extremely popular in the cuisines of different cultures all over the world.

Types of Foods to Pickle

While we obviously think of traditional pickles, made from cucumbers, when we talk about pickling, the reality is that there are many different types of vegetables that are suitable for pickling. Pickled cabbage, also known as sauerkraut, is extremely popular. Other commonly pickled vegetables include such foods as beans, asparagus, beets, and peppers.

As pickling has gained in popularity in recent years, and chefs and food aficionados have explored new ways of using the process with unusual foods, many other types of pickled foods have emerged. For example, carrots, cherries, tomatoes, and onions are all potential pickling candidates and have been used to create some fascinating taste experiences. However, for the purposes of this article, we’re going to stick to some of the basics.

Essential Pickling Ingredients & Equipment

When it comes to the mechanics and process of pickling, things are actually quite simple. Here are the essential tools that you’ll need to complete the job:

Clean, sterile, airtight jars – Mason jars or similar types of airtight glass jars are commonly used for pickling. Make sure they are sterilized prior to use to ensure the longest possible shelf life of your pickled foods.

Large Pots – Some vegetables can be pickled from raw, but there are others that may need to be cooked or blanched first. Beets for example, need to be cooked before they can be pickled. Other types of vegetables, such as beans or asparagus, are often blanched before pickling to ensure they retain their colour and crunch but are just soft enough to be easily eaten.

In addition, you’ll need to be able to boil your jars to both sterilize and seal them, so a great big pot is a picklers must have.

Knives, cutting boards & kitchen tools – While you certainly can pickle vegetables whole, it’s often preferred to cut them in to slices or smaller portions to make it easier to eat or work with in cooking. You’ll also need to chop, slice, and dice other ingredients to use in the pickling process, so common kitchen tools will be used to help prepare the ingredients.

Aside from your vegetable of choice, you’ll also need some essential ingredients to perform the picking process. Here are the basic ingredients & seasonings needed for a classic pickle brine:

Vinegar White vinegar is most common, but this is also up to your personal preference. Apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and rice wine vinegar are also suitable for pickling and bring different flavour characteristics to the brine.

Salt – Sea salt is the preferred salt type for pickling, as it tends to be a purer form than common table salt. You’ll want to pick a salt that has no additives, so natural sea salt is ideal.

Sugar – Not all pickle recipes call for sugar, but many do. This can be common white sugar, but you can also substitute brown sugar, honey, or other sweeteners to achieve the same effect. Low carb dieters will want to either skip the sugar or use their preferred alternative sweetener to avoid adding extra carbs.

Water – The water you use for pickling should be as pure as possible and filtered to remove hardness. Clean and pure filtered water will help the vegetables retain their colours longer.

Herbs & Spices – Garlic, mustard seeds, peppercorns, dill, hot peppers, coriander seeds, and bay leaves are all common seasonings and spices used in pickling. This is a part of the process that is entirely up to you to customize. If you like a very garlicky pickle, then add in some extra garlic cloves. For a spicy, zesty pickle, include some hot peppers or red pepper flakes to add some heat.

Beginner’s Recipe for Pickling Foods

Here, we’re going to give you a basic recipe for making your own pickles at home. You can use this as a starting point for creating your own recipe by swapping in different types of vegetables or alternate seasonings to give different flavours a try.

Starting with a batch of fresh, small cucumbers, chop or slice them in to your desired pickle shape. Slice along the length of the cucumbers in to quarters to produce long spears. Slice across the width of the pickle to create bite-size disks or try using a crinkle-cutter to give your pickle slices some visual depth.

Add the sliced cucumbers to your jars and add your preferred seasonings, such as garlic cloves, fresh dill, sliced hot peppers, or others.

To make the brine, combine equal parts water and vinegar in a pot, along with sea salt, dill seeds, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and sugar/sweetener (if desired). In general, about 1 teaspoon of each seasoning per 4 cups of brine (2 cups water, 2 cups vinegar) is sufficient to produce a nice flavour.

Bring the brine to a boil, remove from heat, and pour the brine in to the jars to just cover the tops of the sliced cucumbers. Seal the jars and refrigerate.

It usually takes a few days for the flavours of all the ingredients to diffuse throughout the jars and in to the pickles. We recommend waiting around 5 days before cracking open a jar to ensure the flavours are at their best.

Use YouTube to find inspiration and ideas for pickling – the ideas are almost endless!

Enjoy the Taste of Pickles

Now that you’ve got a batch of your own pickles, why not use them as a garnish for a fantastic low carb sandwich? And don’t forget to put out a bowl of them to top burgers at your next low carb backyard barbecue. Of course, if you’re short on time and need some pickles today, you can always pick up a jar of delicious Mt. Olive pickles to satisfy your craving until you can make your next batch.

We hope that you’ve found this beginners guide to pickling helpful, and that you’re now inspired to try making your own pickles and pickled vegetables right at home. Once you taste the difference of fresh, homemade pickles, you’ll be hooked!