Pickles fermenting on the windowsill next to my friendly yet somehow still aggressive mint plant.

My method for crunchy fermented pickles

I hate food waste. I’ve been dabbling with fermentation for the past few years as part of my general interest in food preservation techniques. I’ve made a variety of different fermented foods over the past few years, but my favorite remains the first thing I tried — plain garlic dill pickles.

It’s a common refrain in the fermentation communities I’m in that people seem to have trouble with their…