By Michele Hatton
Did the holidays serve up an extra half-inch to your waistline? Get back in shape with pickles, a reliable food that entered the human diet 4,000 years ago. These beloved briny snacks contain little or no fat, few calories and are quite easy to make at home.
Almost any vegetables—cucumbers, sugar peas, carrots, cauliflower, shredded cabbage, turnips—can be pickled using either vinegar or a brine (a mixture of salt and water). Brined pickles are fermented, which not only makes them grow sour but causes them to be suffused with the friendly gut bacteria, ... Read more