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Homemade pickles V/S Factory Produced Pickles

Why Home Made Pickles Are Healthy For You. Till a few decades ago, grandmothers/mothers made pickles using seasonal fruits and vegetables at home by purchasing all ingredients locally. That is why in India we have such a variation in the way pickles are made of the same fruit/vegetable across India. If we just take Mango pickle in oil, you will find the recipe of making this pickle is different in every state and they taste slightly different too. That is because India has many agro-climatic conditions, every region has a different variety of mango that is used to make pickle and the spices and oil differ too depending on which region you are in. Pesticides and fertilizers were not in use and food adulteration was unknown (except the milk man adding water to the milk). They got organically grown fruits and vegetables, spices were un-adulterated and the oil was pure, shakkar was the preferred sweetener and vinegar was still being made from fermenting fruits in the village itself. It was these pure ingredients, which gave Read More »

Ancient secrets of human survival, how did people keep their food before the invention of refrigeration? Pickles – The survival Food

Before the invention of cold storages and refrigerators food was consumed within a few miles of where it was produced and consumed within a very short time of it being harvested. Grains, Rice, Lentils could be stored but fresh fruits and vegetables had to be consumed at the earliest. At that point of time people ate fruits and vegetables that were Local, Seasonal and Fresh. The main challenge that existed was the weather. In cold regions nothing would grow in the winter and in hot regions nothing would grow in the scorching summers, then how could a mother/grandmother feed her family fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Over the years, to solve this problem, humans worked on the art of food preservation, to be able to feed the family nutritious food even during the worse weather conditions and thus the art of pickling was born. In colder regions in the summer months they would salt the meat, sun dry the fish, sugar the fruits (Jam & Marmalades) and put vegetables in vinegar (Western style of Read More »