Thursday, June 16, 2011

Homemade Pickles Galore!

So this past weekend I made pickles.

Yes, it's totally the truth and I think you should get with me on this.

I know you can go out and buy some cheap-O pickles for like $1.99. Or you could spend a bit more for those famed Vlasic pickles....but they still wont compare.

I'm telling you that once you make these pickles, you will never go back.


And once you make these pickles, you will realize how dang easy it is and then eat the entire jar.

These guys are sour and slightly salty with a hint of sweetness. The blend of spices perfumes each and every cucumber.

All you need is a tall 3 liter mason jar or one of these jars with a clasp and a rubber seal. Then you need to go out and pick up about 8 kirby cucumbers. You know what kirby cucumbers are right? They're the small little seedless ones that have a crazy crunch and cucumber flavour x 10. Any respectable sushi chef will use these to make your California roll. Mmm....sushi.

You also need to pick up some pickling spice, or, you can make your own! I like this one by McCormick.

Use your own blend of mustard seed, coriander, bay leaf, dill seed, fenugreek, cinnamon, ginger, allspice berries, dried red chili flakes, black peppercorn and clove. Use them in this order too - lots of mustard seeds, coriander, bay and dill...but few cloves, chili and allspice berries. You get the point.

I also threw in a few smashed garlic cloves, sliced onions and dried dill weed, but you can absolutely use fresh. Fresh is best.

All you do is fit your cucumbers and onions into the jar and pour your hot pickling liquid right over them. Cool, seal, refrigerate....and bam! In 24 hours you have the most amazing pickles hand-crafted by you.

I even pickled some fresh local asparagus! Yup. So good. They're crisp and unbelievably fresh-tasting. You can probably pickle anything. Next I'm going to pickle some cauliflower, maybe some carrots, beets, eggs, butter, chocolate......wait. No.

You're gonna love these pickles.

They will change your life.

Get ready to be gloriously changed....

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