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How To Check If Store-Bought Pickles Are Actually Fermented
If store-bought pickles are fermented, they will contain salt as the main ingredient and no vinegar, as the fermentation process involves utilizing a salt-based brine.
Pickling, on the other hand, involves steeping fruits or vegetables in a vinegar-based brine. If your pickles were pickled, vinegar will be present on the label.
Taste-wise, pickled cucumbers are sharper and more piquant than the lighter taste of fermented pickles due to the addition of acetic acid.
If you’re concerned about gut health, fermented pickles are the best option, as they have many potential health benefits, such as lowering risks of developing high blood pressure.