Why Do You Soak Cucumbers Before Pickling?
This weekend we tried our first batch of pickles, and I was curious why they need to be soaked before pickling? Some recipes had you pour boiling water over them and let them set. Some called for ice. Some talked about salt water.
I guess my question is why? What does this do to them?
Also, they seemed to be packed tight, but are all floating around now. As long as there's enough liquid in there to reach the required headspace, they'll be okay, right?