Preserving summer goodness: pickling
The end of summer is getting near and I am trying to get as much of those beautiful summer fruit and vegetables in me before winter sets in. However, no matter how much of those deliciously ripe produce I eat, I always end up missing all those colourful ingredients in the middle of our cold and long winters. I had already written a post about creating a quick and easy jam for those wonderful summer berries. For the next 3 days I will be talking about other ways to preserve your summer fruit and veggies.
Today I want to talk to you about pickling. It’s a great way to preserve some of those summer vegetables that I love so much. You can pickle anything from the classic cucumber to a whole array of vegetables and even watermelon rinds. You can even pickle meat and fish but we won’t be talking about that today. Pickling is basically preserving a vegetable in a brine made of water, salt, sugar and some spices. It’s really easy to make and it’s very satisfying to be able to crack open a jar of pickles in the middle of winter and bite into a crunchy vegetable that you’ve pickled. Pickles are a great addition to any sandwich or salad and make a great snack on their own.
You will find a great selection of pickling recipes here so go ahead and buy that bushel of cucumbers and get pickling!