I figure two months was the perfect amount of time for you all to wait for this post.
Because it’s about pickles!! And summertime is infamous for it’s fabulous farm-fresh vegetables. The problem with this is the quantity of vegetables, which is always a large quantity. You get all excited and take them home, then they start looking kind of sad in the bottom of your refrigerator, and then you start seeing your hard-earned dollars melt away into a sludgy goop in the vegetable drawer. I don’t know about you, but that makes me sad. An awesome thing about pickling, is that it preserves your beloved veggies! So, if you know that you aren’t going to use those two cucumbers before they go bad, just pickle them.
I originally found the recipe for these Overnight-Bread and Butter Pickles at The Burlap Bag blog. I liked the recipe but the thing I loved the most was the method. You’ll see what I mean once we get into it.
Not only will we be pickling cucumbers, but radishes as well. I bough a bunch at the farmer’s market the other day, and boy are they spicy. Hopefully the pickling solution will take out some of the spiciness.
*Disclaimer: radishes tend to have a funny smell once they are pickled, but otherwise they taste great. It’s not for everyone, so I understand if you don’t want to try this out.
2 large cucumbers
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbs salt + 1 tsp
1/4 tsp turmeric- this gives the pickles that yellow tint
1 tsp celery seed and/or mustard seed
1. Slice your cucumbers to the desired thickness. I have a mandolin, which makes this a lot easier.
2. In a large bowl, mix your cucumbers with the 1 tsp salt and let them sit for at least an hour. This is my very favorite part of the method. The salt draws moisture out of cucumber, which will then give us a crunchier pickle! It’s true. Science.
3. After the hour, rinse your pickles well with water. While you are rinsing, put the rest of your ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove and boil it.
4. Once the mixture has boiled, pour it over your rinsed pickles. Put them in a sealed container and stick them in the fridge to hang out overnight. The next day, you will have some delicious pickles.
As always, make the recipe your own! This recipe produces a sweeter pickle, but if you don’t like sweet pickles, then cut down your sugar to equal your salt. Add some red pepper flake for spice, or garlic for a zesty flair.
One note if you decide to add raw garlic: if you put it in your boiling liquid, then it will turn blue. There is nothing wrong with it, it is still very edible, but it will be a distinctive greenish/blue color. You can try to combat this by putting the garlic in after your solution has cooled down, but even then it is not a guarantee.