Today, you should… make your own pickles


Who is Rabbi Pickle? Well, you’ll just have to find out at this “very special Pickling Party,” where (surprise!) you’ll learn how to make your own pickles.

The party is put on by Beach Hillel, the Center for Jewish Student Life at Cal State Long Beach that also serves five other schools, including Long Beach City, Cypress and Cerritos colleges, so if you’re a student, or alum, this event is for you. If you’re just someone interested in the process of kosher pickling, this could be up your alley, too.

The pickle party is just one event happening during Jewish Heritage Week at CSULB, where students, alum and community members are invited to partake in learning “the traditional way of making pickles, a staple of Eastern European Jewish cuisine,” said organizer Ally Levine.

Another great thing: We’re still not sure what makes this such a “special” pickling party. The fact that a pickling party exists at all is, to us, quite special already.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Okay, so, Rabbi Pickle’s real name is Rabbi Shmuel Marcus who is a pickle master and will be leading the class. And if you’re wondering what makes a pickle kosher… It’s the kosher salt, and also, the absence of preservatives.

“The non-kosher pickles are the non-refrigerated pickles that sit on store shelves and are packed with preservatives,” Marcus told the Orange County Register in 2007. “After tasting the varieties, pickle makers will be able to make their own pickles with dill, garlic, salt and pickling spice, to taste.”

The Pickling Party starts at 7 p.m. Please email [email protected] for the address.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.