As a noun, pickle refers to a small cucumber preserved in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. As a verb, however, it means to preserve perishables in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. Lucky for us… that means we can pickle just about anything we want to. That is great news if you are a pickle addict like me!
I’m getting ready to get a new case of fresh ball jars so that I may take advantage of all the bounteous produce the East Bay has to offer this time of year. In preparation, I started making a list of things I wanted to pickle this year. By the time I had finished, I had a list of over 100 unique pickling recipes from apricots to peppers to watermelon.
The great thing about pickling is that it can preserve perishable foods for months. Forget about throwing out produce that goes bad before you can use it. If you have an abundance of fruits, vegetables, or even eggs or certain types of meats and cheeses… try pickling the extra to use later on in the year.
Directly below is a very quick and painless 4-step guide to the home pickling process and a list of spices that may be used during the pickling process. Not all of the spices need to be used. Trying mixing combinations and adding your own secret ingredients to your personal pickling process. I like to make a variety of flavors. Also, play with your vinegar… trying using balsamic.
The Home Pickling Process
Spices for Pickling
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
2 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt per cup
In saucepan, cook beets in water until tender. Drain. Pour cold water over beets and skin them by rubbing between your hands. Cut off ends. Slice beets. Dissolve sugar and salt into the 2 cups water and vinegar. Pour syrup onto beets. These keep in the refrigerator for months.
I am hoping you will be as amazed as I am about all the wonderful things that can be pickled. I am dying to try some of these recipes and explore the very wide realm of pickling. The idea of balsamic pickled cherries, or pickled sugar snap peas has me very anxious to start pickling immediately.
3 qt. cucumbers, sliced thin
1 lg. onion, sliced thin
1 lg. green pepper, sliced
3 c. sugar
1/4 c. salt
2 c. white vinegar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed
Mix and store in large bowl in refrigerator. They will stay crisp.
108 Pickling Recipes
If you have any great pickling recipes you’d like to share… or you have any questions or comments regarding this post… please feel free to post a reply or contact me via my contact page. Happy Pickling!