Brad Makes Crunchy, Half-Sour Pickles | It's Alive | Bon Appétit

  • Published: 14 September 2017
  • Bon Appétit Test Kitchen manager, Brad Leone, is back with episode 14 of It's Alive. Watch as Brad makes his favorite, crunchy, half-sour pickles using a salt brine and a blend of tasty spices. Brad also discusses the solar eclipse, takes a crash course in film history, and recaps his vacation.

    Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself.

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Comments • 4 586

  • Josh Barr
    Josh Barr  3 hours back


    "Smells like wourder" - Brad Leone (circa 2017)

    • Spencer
      Spencer  8 hours back

      He is so awkward, but doesn't give AF.

      • Allison
        Allison  2 days back

        I wonder if that's Brad's scale that was stolen causing him to carve is name into the new one

        • James Watson
          James Watson  2 days back

          Who ever edited this video deserves a raise.

          • Zach Harrell
            Zach Harrell  3 days back

            This is it! This is the origin of Half-Sour Saffitz!

            • MissVicki Speakman
              MissVicki Speakman  3 days back

              Love the editing

              • Aaron Everitt
                Aaron Everitt  4 days back

                Watch at .5 speed

                • Mike Lysic
                  Mike Lysic  5 days back

                  Grape leaves will also help keep pickled vegetables crisp. Oak, grape and bay leaves contain high levels of tannin which keeps pickled vegetables crisp. Personally I've found that using oak actually imparts an oak flavor as if the pickles were aged in an oak barrel.

                  • Chris Dutton
                    Chris Dutton  6 days back

                    Hey, who IS that tall drink of brine floating around behind you?? Not familiar with that form..
                    What an intro!!

                    • Fraya F Seiei
                      Fraya F Seiei  6 days back

                      Too much ingredients for only pickles..

                      • OptimusWombat
                        OptimusWombat  6 days back

                        Brad's had one too many bad trips, lol.

                        • o
                          o  7 days back

                          here cause chubbyemu

                          • Cheez Slise
                            Cheez Slise  1 weeks back


                            • Hatchi Dehatch
                              Hatchi Dehatch  1 weeks back

                              7:29 Anyone else see pickle rick there?

                              • Christian Pederson
                                Christian Pederson  1 weeks back

                                Pickled Watermelon - To die for

                                • Matthew Bailey
                                  Matthew Bailey  2 weeks back

                                  I completely relate to Andy in this on seeing the pickles can’t wait to try one. And then getting another one and another one because they are so good.

                                  • Boneclaw Walker
                                    Boneclaw Walker  2 weeks back

                                    Brad - can you make us some Dandelion Wine? It's a kickass southern tradition. Or, pickled okra, that's southern as heck :) An excuse to come down to the Ozarks and eat some heckin good stuff. Go visit the Petit Jean smokehouse in southern Arkansas - great preserved pork, you'll love it. Take Matty with ya.

                                    • in
                                      in  2 weeks back

                                      I was squinting @5:05 so I thought it was his fist and not a wooden spoon.

                                      • J May
                                        J May  2 weeks back

                                        Any kind of fermented sweets? Like maybe candied ginger?

                                        • Christy S
                                          Christy S  2 weeks back

                                          the absolute best part of this is not just the editing, but specifically the words edited across the screen they somehow ALWAYS surprise me but make me laugh

                                          • Rita Zurc
                                            Rita Zurc  3 weeks back

                                            "tap tap tap oh ooh"

                                            • Jolly
                                              Jolly  3 weeks back

                                              Who is cooking behind Brad at the beginning of the video? Don't recognize her.

                                              • Isabella Tuttle
                                                Isabella Tuttle  3 weeks back

                                                That boy Andy came back 😂

                                                • Isabella Tuttle
                                                  Isabella Tuttle  3 weeks back

                                                  He looks so good with his beard grown in

                                                  • Manch Vegas
                                                    Manch Vegas  3 weeks back

                                                    He needs to "souse" something in his next video.

                                                    • Christopher Dennis
                                                      Christopher Dennis  3 weeks back

                                                      Bradley needs his own show.

                                                      • gsppuffer
                                                        gsppuffer  3 weeks back

                                                        Is there 1 thing Brad doesn't add them peppers to?

                                                        • stadioarcadio
                                                          stadioarcadio  3 weeks back

                                                          Smoooke on the wuorder

                                                          • Matt Roberts
                                                            Matt Roberts  3 weeks back

                                                            I love a good deli style pickles. Would I like these?

                                                            • Kara Mahoney
                                                              Kara Mahoney  3 weeks back

                                                              dill pollen (on fridays) killed me

                                                              • yaquiris vasquez
                                                                yaquiris vasquez  3 weeks back

                                                                After 10 days mine arent sour yet. are you not supposed to open then until after 10 days ?

                                                                • Frank Diaz
                                                                  Frank Diaz  3 weeks back

                                                                  ferment pig feet

                                                                  • Bridger Purser
                                                                    Bridger Purser  3 weeks back

                                                                    I belive Brad has ADD

                                                                    • Angelo Dro
                                                                      Angelo Dro  3 weeks back

                                                                      I love this video . PICKLE RICK

                                                                      • Gay Rambo
                                                                        Gay Rambo  3 weeks back

                                                                        I pickle they

                                                                        • Gypsy Julene
                                                                          Gypsy Julene  3 weeks back

                                                                          Soooooo what would one add to get rid of the crunch? Asking for a friend.

                                                                          • ArtemisScribe
                                                                            ArtemisScribe  3 weeks back

                                                                            Make full sour pickles by using more salt.

                                                                        • Spencer Chase
                                                                          Spencer Chase  4 weeks back

                                                                          Whoever edits his episodes is awesome

                                                                          • esva835
                                                                            esva835  4 weeks back

                                                                            Andy: I want a pickle
                                                                            Brad: Speak into the mic
                                                                            Archer: PHRASING!!!
                                                                            Me: 😆😆😆

                                                                            • Jayson Lavallee
                                                                              Jayson Lavallee  4 weeks back

                                                                              I thought the fridge stopped the fermentation process?

                                                                              • Tabitha Fox
                                                                                Tabitha Fox  4 weeks back

                                                                                I thought vinegar was what made pickles pickle

                                                                                • Colin Stone
                                                                                  Colin Stone  4 weeks back

                                                                                  I just need to find a jar that big...

                                                                                  • Max
                                                                                    Max  4 weeks back

                                                                                    I think this guy has ADHD

                                                                                    • Noodle
                                                                                      Noodle  4 weeks back


                                                                                      • Em Z
                                                                                        Em Z  4 weeks back

                                                                                        *and thus, Half-Sour Saffitz was born*

                                                                                        • Mimi Ashford
                                                                                          Mimi Ashford  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Je Suis Vinny. :)

                                                                                          • mikrowave123180
                                                                                            mikrowave123180  4 weeks back


                                                                                            • Dante Serrecchia
                                                                                              Dante Serrecchia  4 weeks back

                                                                                              No vinegar??

                                                                                              • Chloe Vail
                                                                                                Chloe Vail  4 weeks back

                                                                                                he reminds me so much of jenna marbles boyfriend julian