CANNING we PICKLE your fancy? Sweet, salty, crunchy pickles taste great on their own or tucked into sandwiches. Have you ever tried making your own? It’s a fun activity to do with kids and can even help expand their palates!
As the name implies, quick pickling is easy – there’s no need for sterilizing or special canning jars. The process basically goes like this: boil a vinegar solution with spices, herbs, and other aromatics. Let it cool down. Pour the solution over whatever you’d like to pickle and then refrigerate it.
As far as ingredients, you don’t need a lot and you have tons of flexibility. Here’s what you need to know:
I know sometimes it’s helpful to have an actual recipe, so, here’s our favorite one for Summer Garden Pickles.
But pickling isn’t just for pickles anymore – you can pickle practically any fruit or vegetable! Try pickling celery and adding it to potato salad for extra tangy crunch. Make a batch of the prettiest, pinkest, pickled red onions to top tacos and salads! But why stop there? Zucchini, carrots, green beans, or cherry tomatoes – they’re all there, just waiting to be pickled!
And when you’re done… save the pickle juice! You can reuse it to make more pickled fruits and veggies. Or swap out some of the mayo in your favorite picnic side (e.g., tuna/chicken salad, deviled eggs, etc.). Or drink it plain, like Gatorade, to restore lost sodium and electrolytes (really, it’s a thing).
You can even use it in your garden! Pickle juice is highly acidic, so it's great for killing weeds and making the soil acidic for certain plants like rhododendrons and hydrangeas. I bet you didn't know pickle juice was such a big DILL!
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