The reason for pickling is the preservation of otherwise perishable food. All foods in their natural state contain microorganisms, such as bacteria, molds, yeasts and enzymes. Food spoils when microorganism growth is not controlled. This is what Pickling does, in short it kills off or renders dormant harmful microorganisms.
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Drying Fruits & Vegetables
It's time to start preserving, canning and drying summers bounty. Drying / dehydrating is one method that is fairly simple once you get the basics down.- Full Article