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How to Make Crisp Lacto Fermented Pickles

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Learn the secret ingredient to CRISP Lacto Fermented Pickles. These pickles will not be mushy! They’ll be rich in probiotics for good gut health, as well as tasty, but most importantly, your fermented pickles will have a great crunch when you bite into them!

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Keep Your Pickles Crisp with Tannins

Do you find that old-fashioned, homemade lacto-fermented foods, including pickles, can be mushy? Well, they won’t be anymore! You just need to add tannins to keep your naturally fermented pickles crisp.

And what contains tannins? Grape leaves! Unfortunately, for most of us, grape leaves are not easy to come by. But don’t worry! I have a solution in my recipe video. Use a simple ingredient that comes right out of your spice cabinet. And if you don’t have this simple ingredient on hand, no problem. I have an alternative ingredient that pretty much every kitchen has in their cabinet or pantry!

More Ideas for Fermenting

Once you’ve tried Lacto Fermented Pickles, you’ll definitely want to try your hand at making other fermented foods, including more fermented veggies. So be sure to check out these other fermenting videos below:

If you ever wonder why your fermentation tastes salty, check out my video where I answer this question and other fermentation questions from my viewers below:

You can also make these probiotic-rich fermented beverages, including some tasty good-for-you sodas.

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How to Make Crisp Lacto-Fermented Pickles

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Maximum Fermentation Time: 7 days
Total: 7 days 5 minutes
Yield: 1 Quart-sized jar
Make Crisp Lacto-Fermented Pickles, a Probiotic-Rich Food that is great for good gut health. These will not be mushy!


  • 1 quart-sized jar
  • 1 Four ounce glass jelly canning jar or glass fermentation weight
  • 1 screw on lid or 1 canning ring and 1 pickle pipe


  • 4 Pickling cucumbers, quartered lengthwise into spears
  • 1 tablespoon Pickling spices Or any combination of spices that you like.
  • 1 bunch Fresh dill, optional Or any combination of herbs that you like.
  • 1 Tannin-rich ingredient, such as a tea bag or bay leaf. See video.
  • 2 tablespoons Coarse-ground sea salt Or 1 tablespoon fine-ground sea salt.
  • Chlorine-free water Enough to cover cucumbers.


  • Place pickling spices into the bottom of a quart-sized jar.
  • Place a tea bag, if using, into the bottom of the jar.
  • Add cucumber spears to the jar, packing tightly.
  • Insert a bay leaf (or leaves), if using, down the side of the jar to be parallel with the cucumber spears. (See video.)
  • Mix salt with a small amount of water and pour into the jar.
  • Pour additional water into the jar to make sure that cucumbers are completely covered.
  • Place jelly jar or glass fermentation weight on top of cucumbers.
  • Place lid or pickle pipe and canning ring on the jar. Tighten the lid or canning ring.
  • Place the jar in a warm place that averages between 72 – 78°F.
  • If using only a lid on the jar, release the lid daily and retighten. This will release some of the carbon dioxide gas that is produced by the fermentation process and prevent your jar from breaking. (Using a pickle pipe will help you skip needing to release the lid daily.)
  • After a few days, check the texture of the cucumbers. If they are to your liking, you can remove the weight, put a lid on the jar ,and refrigerate your cucumbers. If they have not reached a satisfactory texture, continue to allow them to ferment. By 7 days, remove the weight, put a lid on the jar, and refrigerate your cucumbers.
  • Note, after 7 days of fermentation, the cucumbers, which are now lacto-fermented pickles, will taste salty. Over the next few weeks during refrigeration, the pickles will absorb more of the brine, increasing their flavor, and the brine will become less salty.
  • Lacto-fermented pickles will stay fresh, refrigerated, for approximately 6 months.



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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Fermented Pickles, Fermented Vegetables, Lacto-Fermented Pickles
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  1. Cindy says:

    5 stars
    Hi Mary! For some reason, my pickles were bitter after 7 days, so, not knowing what else to do, I poured out the liquid, thoroughly rinsed off the pickles, put them back in the cleaned jar, added more salt and fresh water,and let it set for three days. Although they are very salty, they are no longer bitter.

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Mary. Can sweet pickles be made with this lactofermentation method?

  3. Johnnie Wilkes says:

    5 stars
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    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Johnnie! Thank you SO much for the kind words!! If you enjoy making Traditional Foods, be sure to head over to my YouTube channel’s home page where I share lots of playlists of videos that I think you will enjoy. Here is the link: Plus, I have a playlist of some of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”. It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, Soaked and Sprouted Nuts and Beans, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home. You can watch it here: And please share the playlist with any other folks you think might be interested in learning about these types of things. I’m passionate about the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (of the Weston A Price Foundation) and want to help as many people as I can learn how to make Traditional “Nutrient Dense” Foods.

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