So, what DOES make a pickle? Is it salt cured in a brine? Or is it the vinegar that makes a pickle?
The answer? BOTH
Salt makes a slower pickle that tastes less sharp, or acidic, than vinegar. The joy of vinegar pickles is that you get to choose the vinegar you want to use. Different vinegars give a different taste to the finished product.
The making of each kind of pickle is different, and some people spend all their time "perfecting" one type over the other.
Here, we cover the basics and leave the specialization to you. You are the artist in your kitchen. Only you know your family's needs, likes, and dislikes.