This probably wins the award for most specific type of pickled item so far. Not just pattypan squash but baby pattypans – and aren’t they just adorable?! I’m feeling very much in the autumnal spirit so expect additional seasonal delights – other squash varietals, persimmons, pumpkin perhaps?! – in the next month or so.
Quick note, these little guys aren’t the cheapest of produce (not cheap as in, like, $11+ / lb) so unless you’re dying to expand your pickling horizons, stick with cheaper basics if you’re pickling excessively. The recipe itself is super simple though – very similar to the original quickles with the layering of garlic and dill, along with the added (but totally optional) addition of some other spices, namely peppercorns and celery seed.
Last week brought pickled turnips so naturally this week brings pickled turnip stems. Waste not, want not, #amIright? For this pickle recipe I went back to my trusty Pick a Pickle booklet since I never would have thought of this myself. You could also try this recipe with the tops or stems of other veggies – kale ribs and beet tops come to mind initially.
This recipe was super easy and according to the recipe book would work great as a garnish atop a pulled pork sandwich or a soup. Might need to whip out the crockpot for the first time this season and make some pulled pork sandos! I waited a while between pickling the turnips last week (and saving the stems/greens) and pickling the stems but if you do it all in one go and want to be extra pilgrim-y, you could probably even salvage the greens for something else fun and exciting (sautéed, added to a soup, etc).
I’ve been seeing different kind of turnips lately and love these smaller hakueri ones that more closely resemble radishes. Less prep than regular turnips and super easy to eat as pickles! There are a lot of pickled turnip recipes out there that would work for both types, or you could easily mix and match different flavors and spices for this since turnips are so versatile. Turnip…for what! Read more
After a few VERY hot weeks, it’s finally starting to feel like fall in San Francisco and this pickled fig recipe is definitely getting me (prematurely) in the spirit for the holidays. Between the port (first time pickling with booze!), rosemary and cinnamon, these basically taste like Christmas. So I FIGured you can pickle them now while they’re in season, tweak the recipe as you see fit, and you’ll have the perfect pickled figs in time for the most wonderful time of the year.
I wanted to make up my own recipe for this week but this version is pretty similar if you want to play around with other spices (cloves, anise or all spice would all be great). Other variations could be to add peppercorns for a little more kick or red wine vinegar as another vinegar option. Read more
Despite repeated warnings I found online that bitter melon is most definitely an acquired taste, it was such an eye-catching, funky-looking item I kept seeing at the farmers market so I decided to pickle it. I have to say, pickled bitter melon is also an acquired taste and while I ignorantly expected the pickling to dull the – you guessed it – bitter taste, it didn’t fully do that and I don’t know if these are gonna be a huge hit amongst my fellow pickle fiends slash fans.
BUT it’s good to experiment every so often and bitter melons are cheap AF so this wasn’t a huge strain on my resources. Definitely tried to go with some Asian flavors here – rice vinegar, ginger – might tweak in the future with more salt and/or sugar but without further ado, here’s the pickled bitter melon recipe I made this week.
Sunchokes – I had never used them for anything until now and of course, rather than cooking them, they got pickled. I was in somewhat of a rut deciding what to pickle next and not only did these speak to me in the produce section of Safeway (the powerful voice of desperation), but they were a pleasant surprise in how delish they turned out as pickles.
Interested in learning more about using sunchokes in general? According to the packaging, sunchokes are “the tuber from the sunflower” and “have the nutty flavor of a potato, jicama and an artichoke. They [other than being pickled] can be eaten raw, prepared like a potato, or sautéed…” As you can see, a very versatile little item to have on hand.
This is the first recipe I’ve followed (almost) in full in a while (adapted from here) so full disclosure, I can’t take credit for the success. With the turmeric and mustard seeds, this pickle recipe is very reminiscent of the pickled zucchini recipe I tried back in Week 21. Also require a bit more prep time than other recipes in using salt to draw out moisture but totally worth it and have already polished off a jar of these with friends. Read more
After hearing multiple suggestions about pickling watermelon rind, I realized that (similar to pickled corn) I couldn’t go the whole summer without attempting a pickled watermelon rind recipe. The thing is, I’m actually not a huge watermelon fan so it was a little daunting for me to buy watermelon just for the rind…fortunately I have a roomie who loves this popular summertime treat so nothing will go to waste!
That being said, a warning to anyone else out there who rarely purchases watermelon – DO NOT use a mini watermelon for this pickling initiative. As you can see in the photo to the right, mini watermelons have very little of the white rind that you actually need for pickling. I incorrectly assumed they would have a higher rind to melon ratio that would suit my pickling purposes, so now I not only have over half of a giant watermelon left, but 4 mini watermelons that I originally purchased without this realization.
Anyhoo, I mostly followed a recipe from my Pick a Pickle booklet, but another super simple version can be found here, and a recipe more similar to standard veggie pickles (garlic, dill, mustard seed) can be found here. Pickle up the final tastes of summer with any of these pickled watermelon recipes and enjoy!
I have a real theme going right now with pickled versions of popular combos. Last week’s pickled potatoes, for example, and now what is basically a pickled version of my favorite Chipotle (corn) salsa, minus the cilantro which I will definitely be adding next time I make this recipe.
Corn is such a summer vegetable staple so before the season is fully over, I knew it had to be pickled. This recipe really is more like a salsa but with the more pickled flavor of salt and vinegar. This recipe provided the most guidance (although I opted out of cooking the corn ahead of time to keep as much crunch as possible), but here is a fermented option (“sour corn”) which apparently is a big southern thing. If you’re corn-vinced there are better pickled corn options out there, well shucks, I’m all ears…
The vision behind this recipe was a deconstructed (pickled) potato salad using potatoes, celery, shallots (or red onion), garlic, dill and mustard (seeds and ground). I’m pretty pleased with the results, especially given the very limited inspiration I found online for pickled potatoes (a.k.a., they don’t really exist in other people’s pickle repertoires).
This pickled potato recipe was also inspired by a recent trip to where else but Ireland – I didn’t come across any pickled potatoes there but definitely potatoes in pretty much every other form imaginable. I hope you find these as spud-tacular as I did! Make them asap for your favorite spud muffin.
And a final note – how adorbs are these tiny potatoes from Trader Joe’s?! You could use any kind of potato for these (they’re basically fingerlings) but I’m a big fan of the aptly named “Teeny Tiny” varietal. Read more
I can’t think of anything to compare these to from what I’ve pickled so far other than a much better version of pickled tomatoes and what I imagine pickled green tomatoes might be like. These pickled tomatillos were surprisingly sweet and definitely keep a great crunchy texture.
This pickle recipe is super straightforward but I did notice that usually 1 cup per all liquids combined (water and vinegar amounts, typically) is pretty exact for 1 pint jar plus the produce inside for pickling. There was more liquid leftover than usual this time – but no matter! Just use it to pickle extra tomatillos or something else you think this combo would be good with. Read more