Can you Can and Pickle?

By: Annette
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can you Can and Pickle?
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About This Quiz

Canning and pickling are a timeless tradition. There are so many fun things to know about the art of food preservation​, and there's a chance that you don't know it all! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of all things pickling. You'll never look at a jar of jam the same way again.
Fermenting and pickling are . . . ?
Relatively new
One of the oldest cooking forms
Canning and pickling, or fermenting, are some of the oldest forms of cooking. They've been done throughout history.
Only popular in certain places

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Canning is basically . . . ?
Sealing food in jars
That's right. Canning is basically just sealing food in jars. It's as easy as that.
Fermenting, cross-fermenting, then sealing
Cooking, cooling, sealing, opening, then sealing again

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With the advent of refrigeration, we've sacrificed​?
Good pickles
Nutrition
With refrigeration and packaged foods, we eat less pickles. That means we're missing out on nutrition!
The amount of food we have

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Pickles have . . . ?
Good microbes
Pickles have good microbes! They help our guts to function, and cause more good microbes to grow!
Bad microbes
Viruses

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Today we preserve food because we . . . ?
Have to
Want to
Today, pickling is an act of want, and not need! Throughout history, people pickled in order to preserve food.
Are forced to

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What are the best vegetables to pickle?
Those with a high water content
A high water content is best for pickling. That's why cucumbers work so well. Root vegetables, cabbage and kale work well too.
Those with a low water content
Those that are dark in color

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Cleopatra ate pickles for . . . ?
Strong teeth
Bad breath
Beauty
Cleopatra claimed that pickles made her beautiful. She also ate them as a means of staying slim.

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What did Napoleon think of pickles?
He loathed them
He used them as weapons
He loved them
Napoleon loved pickles. He loved them so much that he gave out a prize of $250,000 for someone to invent a good pickling method for his troops.

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When you seal veggies in a mason jar, they're good for . . . ?
One week
One year
Vacuum sealing veggies in a mason jar or can will make those veggies good for one year! That means that you can stretch your harvest out.
One lifetime

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Can you drink pickle juice?
No, it's toxic
Yes, but it tastes terrible
Yes, and it's good for you
Not only can you drink pickle juice, but it can make you strong. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys in 2000 because they drank pickle juice. True fact.

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Which of these do you need for canning?
Mason jar
Jar lifter
Large pot
All of the above
When canning, you need a jar, a jar lifter, large pot, oven mitt and an oven rack. Then the fun begins.

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How much food goes into one quart canned?
One pound
Three to four pounds
One quart of canned food will have about three to four pounds of food. You can use either fruit or vegetables.
Ten pounds

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What is the canning bible?
The bible that you must pray to before canning
Canning for Dummies
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is considered the canning bible. It's been around since 1909!

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H. J. Heinz used _____ shaped pins to lure folks to his booth at the Chicago World's Fair.
Hotdog
Pickle
H. J. Heinz used pickle-pins to lure customers. Apparently, it seemed to work. Everyone loves a pickle pin.
Sauerkraut

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Why do mason jars have that popping lid?
So that you know it hasn't been tampered with
It pops when it's vacuum sealed
Mason jars make that popping sound to prove that they're vacuum sealed! This happens after they're boiled and then cooled.
It's just a cool sound

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Pickle factories in the U.S. pickle their foods . . . ?
Indoors
Outdoors
Pickle factories actually pickle their foods outdoors in vats. Apparently this is because the sun prevents yeast and mold.
Underground

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What's the distinct difference between canning and pickling?
The herbs
The sugar
The acidity
When pickling, you add acidity, which preserves the food for much longer. It also tastes darn good!

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In Fiji, a groom is valued for . . . ?
His horses
His chicken
His pickles
In Fiji, a groom is judged by how many pickles he has! Pickling is done in the ground, using banana leaves. Not fair to judge a man by his pickle.

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To make a quick pickle, add . . . ?
Vinegar
Salt
Sugar
All of the above
All these ingredients will make a quick, tasty pickle. You'll be able to eat it within 24 hours!

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How do you seal the top of a pickle jar?
With a tight lid
With a book
With cheesecloth
You seal the top of the lid with cheesecloth. This allows the vapors to be released, while still protecting the pickles from invaders!!!!

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What is the difference between pickling and fermenting?
Brine
Time
Lactobacilli bacteria
Fermenting produces lactobacilli bacteria, whilst pickling does not. They both taste tangy and delicious though!

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In Mississippi, kids love ____ pickles.
Kool-Aid
There's a hot trend in the Delta of Mississippi. It's Kool-Aid pickles! They taste sweet and tangy and sell at fairs.
Seaweed
Mud

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How long does it generally take to make a pickle?
One week
Three to four weeks
It generally takes three to four weeks to create a jar of pickles. Make sure the temperature isn't too high or too low.
Nine to ten weeks

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What's the first step in pickling?
Wash your produce
It's so important to wash your produce. It must be clean. Scrub those pickles!
Submerge the vegetables in brine
Put cucumbers in the jar

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Where is the Christmas Pickle Capital?
Berlin
Michigan
Berrien Springs, Michigan, is the Christmas capital of the world. They have a parade each year where they hand out fresh pickles.
California

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What do they call pickles in the UK?
Weiners
Gherkins
Pickles are gherkins in the UK. In France, they are cornichon. Everywhere else? Who knows.
Munchkins

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Some believe pickling started in . . . ?
Kansas
Mesopotamia
It is believed that pickling started in Mesopotamia. This would be in 2400 B.C.
China

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Who coined the phrase, "in a pickle"?
Shakespeare
Shakespeare first used the term in "The Tempest. " “How cam’st thou in this pickle?”
Winston Churchill
Edgar Allen Poe

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What's the most popular variety of pickle in America?
Dill
The dill pickle is twice as popular as the sweet pickle in America. But folks do eat the sweet ones too!
Sweet
Umami

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If it weren't for pickles . . . ?
Hitler would still be in power
The Chinese wall would never have been built
Columbus would never have made it to America
Columbus fed his men pickles on the ship to keep them from getting scurvy. Without pickles, America would never have been discovered!

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Is there a National Pickle Day?
No
I hope so
Yes
There's a National Pickle Day! It's November 14th. Be sure to eat a pickle that day.

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In Connecticut, they like their pickles to . . . . ?
Bounce
In Connecticut they believe that their pickles should bounce. In fact, they must do so to officially be a pickle.
Jump
Flip

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The U.S. Supreme Court deems pickles as . . . ?
Vegetables
Fruits
The U.S. Supreme Court deems pickles to be fruits. In the same way that tomatoes are considered to be fruits.
Legumes

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What is the best kind of jelly?
Strawberry
Apricot
Marmalade
There is no answer to this question
All jelly is good. No jelly is bad. Put it on bread, a scone, a muffin! Everything is better with jelly.

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The average American eats ____ of pickles per year.
2
1 pound
8.5 pounds
The average American eats 8.5 pounds of pickles per year! If we ate more, we'd be healthier.

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