The Wilton Historical Society’s Colonial Cookery program this weekend is all about pickles. The society sent this information gleaned from History in a Jar: The Story of Pickles by Tori Avey.
“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, 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.