American Pickle
"American Pickle"


Good Eats








Kinda Sorta Sours

AB's B and B's


Summer Fruits

Hurry Curry Cauliflower

Production Number



September 20, 2000

Episode Chronology


"Ear Apparent"


"Mussel Bound"

Related Titles



There is no good reason that people do not make their own pickles. They are easy and delicious. Let Alton show you simple joys of pickling.


Facts Edit

  • "Pickle" is thought to be a mispronunciation of "Beuklz", the name of a 14th century Dutch fisherman known for his pickles.
  • The Expression "in a pickle" was coined by Shakespeare in "The Tempest".
  • Once opened, a bottle of vinegar will begin to lose its flavor after six months.
  • Water is a crucial pickle ingredient. If you don't like the flavor at the tap - use filtered or bottled water.
  • There are two common varieties of mustard seed: white (yellow) which are the most common, and brown which are smaller, but stronger.
  • Like its cousin ginger, turmeric comes from a rhizome. But unlike ginger it is almost never sold fresh.
  • Most celery seed comes from lovage, a cousin of common celery native to India.
  • Pickling Spice: a mixture of whole or coarsely ground allspice, bay, cardamom, clove, coriander, ginger and mustard seed.
  • The word "kosher" added to a pickle means that garlic has been added to the brine.
  • Gas ranges are rated by British Thermal Units (BTUs) or, the heat required to raise the temperature of one pint of H2O by 1°F.
  • Unless whole spices are called for, refrigerator pickle brines only need to simmer.
  • Leftover pickle brine can be added to marinades, salad dressings, or mayonnaise.
  • Americans consume some 20 billion pickles a year.

Cast Edit

Alton Brown ... B.A. Brown/Napoleon/Pennsylvania Dutchman/Roman Legionnaire/WWII Soldier

Deborah Duchon ... Nutritional Anthropologist (Herself)

Jaime Grey ... Mummy

Paul Merchant ... Paul

Daniel Pettrow ... Chuck

Ingredients Edit

Cauliflower; Cucumber; Apple cider; Rice wine; Mustard seed, Yellow mustard seed, Brown mustard seed; Turmeric; Ginger, Ground ginger; Celery seed; Pickling spice; Allspice; Bay leaf; Cardamom; Clove; Squash; Zucchini; Red plum; Mint; Red pepper flakes; Ice cream; Cake, Angel food cake; Cilantro; Coriander; Curry powder; Carrot; Vinegar, Red wine vinegar, White wine vinegar, White vinegar, Sherry vinegar, Champagne vinegar, Cider vinegar, Rice wine vinegar, Balsamic vinegar; Wine, Red wine, White wine, Sherry; Salt, Kosher salt, Pickling salt; Water; Pear, Bartlett pear; Lemon, Lemon slice; Onion, Yellow onion, Onion powder; Oil, Canola oil; Cumin; Sugar; Garlic; Dried chile; Beer; Popcorn

Dishes Edit

PickleKimchi; Chutney; Sorbet



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