How to Make Chicken Pickle at Home that Lasts without Preservatives
Wondering what to do with the leftover chicken from last night’s party? If you’re planning to throw it all away with a heavy heart, you might want to wait till you finish reading this. Turn your leftover chicken into a lip-smacking pickle and enjoy it for a long time.
Pickling is a tried-and-tested method used to preserve various types of meats, fruits and vegetables for an extended period using natural ingredients. Ancient Egyptians used to preserve their food using oil, sugar and salt. In the modern age, synthetic ingredients have been developed in laboratories and are used in huge quantities by food barons to prevent food items from getting spoiled. The pickles that you buy from supermarkets contain synthetic preservatives that not only harm your system but also spoil the goodness and taste of food.
So, how do you enjoy your pickle sans artificial preservatives? If you’re wondering how to preserve your pickle after preparing it, fret not. Natural ingredients like salt, oil, vinegar, etc. that go into a pickle are also the ingredients that help you preserve it.
Read on to learn how to turn your leftover chicken into a pickle using natural ingredients.
Here are some ways in which you can preserve chicken pickle at home with natural ingredients.
Salting is an ancient preservation technique used especially for meat. Salt absorbs the moisture from the meat and makes it impossible for bacteria to breed. However, it’s important to choose the right kind of salt for it to work. Avoid using rock salt or flaked salt for pickles. Always use granulated, pure salt (preferably pickling or canning salt) for pickles. You can also use table salt, but it contains iodine and anti-caking agents that may turn the pickle darker in colour.
2) Spices and herbs
Spices not only add a tantalising flavour and aroma to your pickle, but they also help to preserve them for a long time. To get the best flavour, always use freshly ground spices. If you’re using herbs, make sure it’s fresh and tender. Avoid using over mature and insect-ridden herbs for pickles.