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Why do pickles taste sour if there dill and sweet when there bread and butter?

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer almost 6 years ago

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Merrill Stubbs

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added almost 6 years ago

Bread and butter pickles contain sugar, where as dill pickles usually do not. The sourness comes from vinegar, which is used in both types.

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added almost 6 years ago

Some pickles do not use vinegar, and the sour taste comes from natural fermentation (lactic acid).

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added over 5 years ago

Both of the above are correct! In naturally fermented pickles that don't use vinegar, the natural bacteria on the cucumbers' skin produces lactic acid, which is sour. In pickles made with vinegar, the sourness comes from the vinegar. Bread and butter pickles are just like dill pickles, but contain a much higher volume of sugar.

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