To have solid rather than hollow cucumbers, they must be salted immediately after they have been gathered, or at the latest, on the next day. To prevent them from drying out, it is best to drop them into cold water with ice as soon as they have been gathered.
Cover the bottom of a small barrel with oak, cherry, currant, and dill leaves and quartered garlic cloves. If not using garlic, add the leaves and shavings of horseradish roots. Stand the cucumbers upright one next to another on the bottom of the barrel and spread
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