Thursday, August 14, 2014

pickles!

(of course it needs an exclamation mark!)




Pickles, pickles, pickles, pickles! (!!!) The cucumbers at the farm are producing like crazy so I've been pickling like crazy. First I made refrigerator dill pickles using this recipe (with extra dill and garlic). So easy and so tasty. If you've never made pickles before and want to try but are a little unsure of where to start, start here. You don't need to do a water bath and you don't need bushels of cucumbers (see... no reason not to try this today!). Next I made some bread and butter pickles taking ideas from a variety of recipes (still waiting to see how those turned out). Some I canned and some I just put in the refrigerator. Then it was dill pickles using this recipe. With the leftover brine and extra cucumbers I made more fridge pickles, this time with spears and the ends cut off of the canned spears (they were too long to fit in the jars!). Today with peppers from our friends I made pickled jalapenos with carrots and onions, adapting the brine from this recipe and using fresh oregano (from my garden), sliced yellow onion (from the farm), coriander and peppercorns. There was some extra brine that I poured in a jar with a poblano, a gypsy pepper and some onion for refrigerator pickled peppers (do you see a pattern here?). I'm sure this won't be the end of this summer's pickling and the other canning hasn't even started yet. It's so fun to see the jars filling up the shelves of the basement pantry.

What about you? Are you preserving any food this year?

6 comments:

  1. Not so much preserving as eating fresh every meal, with The Forest Feast at my side. Fabulous recipe book that is visually stunning as well.

    I have been buying pickles at the farmer's market. :-)

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  2. They look so yummy! I am in the mood for refrigerator pickles - thanks for the link and reminder that there's no better time than the present. Pickles fall in the "fun food" category for me because you can't eat them without smiling.

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  3. The pickles look so lovely in their layers. Soon, you and your Mum will have enough pickles to supply a farmer's market!!! :)

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  4. Such a wealth of pickles!! Your parents must have quite a crop of cucumbers. Love seeing what you're doing with them, Anne.

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  5. Yumm, yumm, yumm, Anne. It looks and sounds like a pickle heaven!

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  6. Love this - I made a jar of dill green beans and a jar of bread & butter pickles (my favorite). I love those pickled carrots & jalapenos. Many of the Mexican restaurants in town have them but you have to ask.

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