Pickles have been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as 2030 BC when cucumbers from their native India were pickled in the Tigris Valley, according to an article on the PBS website. The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch pekel or northern German pókel, meaning “salt” or “brine,” two very important components in the pickling process.

Throughout history, pickling was a necessity, the article goes on to state, as it was the best way to preserve food for a long period of time. As one of the earliest mobile foods, pickles filled the stomachs of hungry sailors and travelers while also providing families with a source of food during the cold winter months.

Earlier this month, Cedar Grove Assisted Living residents canned cucumbers. Some of the cucumbers used were from the garden that they planted earlier this spring. The residents enjoyed cleaning and slicing the cucumbers to make pickles.

Chaz, our dietary director, and Amy, our resident services coordinator, made the brine to pour over the sliced cucumbers. The following week, residents got to eat the pickles they canned, and they really enjoyed them. They talked about how they canned their pickles when they were younger and the recipes that they used.