There are quite a few ways to process cucumbers for the winter. Vegetables are universal in use, they are pickled, salted, included in salads, assorted, fermented with tomatoes or cabbage. Cucumbers in horseradish leaves are one of the options for winter harvesting. The technology is simple, does not require much time, the product at the exit is elastic and crispy.
Cucumbers are placed vertically in a wide container to reduce voids.
What horseradish leaves give when pickling cucumbers
Salting cucumbers with leaves or horseradish root is a traditional Russian way of harvesting for the winter. The plant is used for pickling or pickling vegetables. The ingredient is multifunctional, the chemical composition is rich in vitamins and amino acids, mineral compounds. Thanks to sinigrin, the plant is bitter, but not pungent, although bitterness is not felt in the preparation, but it gives piquancy to the taste of cucumbers.
The composition contains lysozyme - a substance with bactericidal properties, therefore the plant is also a good preservative, its presence in the product prolongs the shelf life and excludes the fermentation process. The composition of horseradish contains a high concentration of tannins, due to which the fruits are elastic, with a crunch characteristic of pickled cucumbers.
Selection and preparation of ingredients
Several requirements for products used for winter harvesting. You will need vegetables of a small size, of the same length (no more than 10 cm). They will be installed vertically in the container,
Preference is given to varieties designed specifically for pickling and canning, they have a denser texture and strong peel. Better to take grown in the open field.
Cucumbers are processed immediately after harvest. If they were lying, they must be placed in cold water for 2-4 hours, during which time the fruits will restore turgor and turn out to be elastic in the workpiece. Specimens that are damaged or with signs of decay are not suitable.
The green mass of horseradish is taken young, of a small size it will be easier to wrap the fruits in it, since it is more elastic than the old one. The surface must be intact without tears, spots or holes.
Important! Preservation salt is suitable only for coarse fraction, without additives.
Iodized and sea salt is not used, because iodine makes cucumbers soft, with an unpleasant aftertaste.
Any containers for the workpiece are used, except for galvanized metal. You can take enameled dishes or food grade plastic. More often cucumbers are salted in glass jars, the volume does not matter.
If processing does not involve seaming, small chipping on the neck is acceptable. Pickled cucumbers are stored under nylon lids. In the case of pickling, check that the thread is intact and that there are no cracks on the container body.
Sterilization is essential for preservation.
Processing cans and lids in any usual way
For salting, the container is pre-washed with baking soda, rinsed and poured over with boiling water.
Recipes for cucumbers wrapped in horseradish leaves
Pickled cucumbers wrapped in horseradish leaves can be made cold or hot, the recipes are not much different from each other. Marinating, requires a long heat treatment, the technology is more complicated, but the shelf life of the product is much longer.
A simple recipe for pickles in horseradish leaves for the winter
The method is quite popular and not laborious. For salting, you can use any container, depending on the amount of vegetables processed. All ingredients are prepared in advance and only of good quality are taken.
Important! The product will be ready for use in 7-10 days.
Horseradish leaves are harvested according to the number of fruits.
For processing you will need:
- garlic - 1 head;
- cucumbers - 1.5 kg;
- green dill and cilantro - 1 bunch each;
- water - 1 l;
- salt - 2 tbsp. l .;
- sugar - 1 tbsp. l.
Grape leaves are used as an alternative to horseradish
The sequence of the recipe for pickling cucumbers with horseradish leaves in a 5 liter plastic bucket:
- The garlic is divided into slices, they can be used whole or cut into 2 parts. Half the head is placed on the bottom of the container.
- Dill in the amount of 2/3 of the bunch is torn or cut in large pieces, they also do with cilantro, the greens go on top of the garlic.
- A little stem is left on the leaves on top, the cucumbers begin to wrap from the hard top. On the second turn, the vein will pierce the sheet, thus fixing the twist, the excess part can be removed.
- Vegetables are placed vertically, compactly.
- Put the remaining garlic and herbs on top.
- A brine is made from cold raw water, spices are dissolved in it, and cucumbers are poured.
The oppression is established, after 10 days a sample can be removed.
Pickling cucumbers with horseradish leaves and currant sprigs
The recipe for pickled cucumbers with horseradish leaves is designed for a three-liter jar. Vegetables are taken a short length, each is wrapped in a leaf. Install vertically. The marinade goes:
- salt - 2 tbsp. l .;
- vinegar - 80 ml.
- garlic - 1 head;
- dill and parsley - 1 bunch each;
- currants - 4 branches.
- Sprinkle the layers of vegetables with garlic, herbs and currants.
- Prepare a marinade from 1.5 liters of water, dissolve salt, sugar in boiling water and pour containers.
- Set to sterilize for 20 minutes, pour in vinegar before completion.
Banks are closed and insulated for 24 hours.
Cucumbers in horseradish leaves without vinegar
You can process vegetables hot. For canning cucumbers with horseradish leaves, take:
- seeds or dry inflorescences of dill in a free dosage;
- sugar - 1 tbsp. l .;
- salt - 2 tbsp. l;
- water - 1 l;
- sprig of rosemary;
- a head of garlic, chili can be added if desired.
The sequence of pickling cucumbers in horseradish leaves for the winter:
- The cucumbers are wrapped.
- They are placed in a container, it is possible in a 3 liter jar, vertically or horizontally, without voids.
- Each layer is overlaid with garlic and spices.
- In boiling water, dissolve the spices, pour the workpiece until it is completely covered.
Closed with nylon lids and put into the basement.
How to replace horseradish leaves when salting
Tannins are contained in the composition:
- black or red currant;
In addition to its bactericidal properties, black currant will give the product an additional flavor. The oak will affect the density of the fruit. Rowan of the listed options is the strongest preservative. If the harvesting technology involves wrapping cucumbers, using grape leaves, the taste will not differ much from horseradish.
Terms and methods of storage of blanks
The main condition for extending the shelf life is a low temperature, the mode should not exceed +4 0C, but also do not fall below zero. This is the condition for pickles. If the workpiece is in the basement without lighting, the shelf life is within 6 months. Pickled cucumbers have been heat treated, there is vinegar in the brine, this method will extend the shelf life up to 2 years.
Cucumbers in horseradish leaves are firm, crispy with a pleasant spicy taste. The plant not only adds density, but also plays the role of a preservative. If the temperature is observed, the shelf life of the product is long. After processing by the cold method, the cucumbers are ready in 10 days, when pouring with hot brine, the period is reduced to 6 days.