Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pickled

For the first time in my life, I made pickles today.  And I'm bringing you on the journey.


First stop was the garden, where I found I had finally achieved tomato success.  Anyone local want some?  I will have another bowlful like the above by Tuesday.   I feel some oven-roasted sauce coming on.  The onions however had completely drowned in their little raised bed - all our recent rain made onion soup.  I salvaged what I could:










At this morning's farmer's market I bought some lovely carrots, sweet peppers, hot peppers and beets.  I boiled the beets and removed their skin, and blanched the carrots.  Also used whole garlic cloves and the only 2 little jalapenos I grew.


I also received a pile of free cucs from a friend.  They were big, and not exactly pickling cucs, but we'll eat them anyway.


Look at this lovely pile that went into the compost.  If I was a true hippie I would have made stock from the leavings, but truth be told I'm a horrible hippie.  I like air conditioning and football.


Next I created my own pickling spice based on several internet recipes.  I used mustard seed, ground ginger, black pepper, whole cloves, broken cinnamon sticks, crushed bay leaves, turmeric, dill seed, whole allspice, etc.  The brine and method I copied from a youtube video.





And there you have it!  Now I'll put them in the frig for a few weeks and let you know the verdict.  Taking photos of my cooking adventures and blogging about them has added a shit-ton of fun to my kitchen.  Thanks for watching!

4 comments:

Dr. Monkey said...

Looks good, except for the beets and carrots. ;o)

Treats said...

I hope you are now sitting with your feet up, sipping something yummy.

kirby said...

As much as I love beets, I've never pickled them. I should try it.

Over here, we've been eating pickles and kraut like they're going out of style, trying to free up jars for this years tomato sauce.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Well I could take some of those tomatoes off your hands except I'm way too far away. They do look good though!