This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: Recipes Around the Web - Pickles, Pickles & More

August 9, 2013

Recipes Around the Web - Pickles, Pickles & More

Easy Pickle Recipe, Making Pickles, Seven Day Pickle Recipe, Food 52, Sweet and Sour Pickles

One thing I have been really wanting to try these last couple years is pickling. Up until recently, pickling always seemed ‘too complicated’. Don’t get me wrong, I love a challenge but sometimes when it comes to cooking, I don’t want to make things that seem ‘fussy’. But something in me shifted after some friends of ours pickled their own Brussels sprouts last fall and I’d been toying with the idea of pickling since.

Seven Day Pickles by Food 52

Easy Pickle Recipe, Making Pickles, Seven Day Pickle Recipe, Food 52

I hadn’t thought about it much until a few weeks ago when I stumbled on this recipe for Seven Day Pickles from Food 52. Coincidentally, a few days later the East Town Farmer’s Market we go to every Saturday just happened to have pickling cucumbers there. My husband and I both got pretty excited when we found them, and without hesitation picked up a couple pounds.

Easy Pickle Recipe, Making Pickles, Seven Day Pickle Recipe, Food 52

This recipe got me hooked on pickle making. While it requires you to do something different and new each day, the time commitment for these is probably less than a full hour and there is no boiling or water bath necessary. The ingredients are easy to find and surprisingly inexpensive.

Easy Pickle Recipe, Making Pickles, Seven Day Pickle Recipe, Food 52

They are absolutely delicious and have a sweet and sour flavor that seems to melt in your mouth. They taste delicious by themselves and even better on a sandwich or mixed with tuna salad. My husband has been snacking on them daily and keeps mentioning that we need to get more pickling cucumbers so that we can make more before we run out.

Easy Pickle Recipe, Making Pickles, Seven Day Pickle Recipe, Food 52

Pickled Okra by Blue Jean Gourmet
 
After trying the Seven Day Pickles, I think my husband and I both had pickling fever. So, when my husband found okra at the market the next weekend, I knew we were in store for some more pickling fun. After researching the web, I found this simple and scrumptious recipe for pickled (and fried okra) by Blue Jean Gourmet

Easy Pickled Okra, Pickled Okra Recipe, Pickling Okra, Blue Jean Gourmet

One of the reasons I was so anti-pickle making was the idea of having to place the jars in a boiling water bath. This just seemed far too complicated. So, when the best recipes I could find for pickled okra all required a water bath, I left the work up to my husband. Surprisingly, the water bath was a lot easier than I expected and I now have the delicious results to prove it.

The pickled okra turned out amazing. The aren't slimy at all. They are spicy, crisp and have a wonderful balance of vinegar, garlic and dill. It’ll be perfect just to snack on or as a appetizer and especially as a garnish for a Bloody Mary. If we can get our hands on some more okra in the next few weeks we will probably be making a few more batches of these.

Easy Pickled Okra, Pickled Okra Recipe, Pickling Okra, Blue Jean Gourmet

So here is what I have learned from my pickling extravaganza. Pickles are much simpler to make than they seem. The ingredients are inexpensive. If you get the right recipe, they taste fantastic and absolutely worth it. If you have a good sour pickle recipe, please share, I’d love to add some to my ever-growing pickle collection.


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