Week 29: Pickled Summer Squash

Another pickle recipe from my recently gifted Pick a Pickle book. These summer squash pickles are most similar to the pickled zucchini I made but call for celery salt, which is the first time I’ve used such an ingredient. VERY potent but definitely gives a nice flavor, plus you get the added goodies of bell pepper, jalapeño and onion in this pickle recipe.

You can play around with the spice from the jalapeño here – I put a whole one in the quart jar and 1/2 in each pint jar (1 seeded, 1 not). I also did both rounds and quartered chunks – the 2 small squash made perfect rounds to fill up the quart jar while I quartered the larger squash and divvied up into 2 pint jars.


Pickled Summer Squash Recipe

Makes 4 pints

Ingredients:

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  • 2 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 4 tbsp kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 pounds yellow summer squash (about 3 medium-sized squashes…or 2 small and 1 large which is what I got)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  • Wash and trim the squash.

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  • Slice into quarters and/or rounds (see note above).

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  • Place cut squash into colander and set in sink.

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  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp of salt on top and cover with ice. Let sit for 1 hour to drain some water and get a crisper pickle.

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  • While the squash is draining, prep jalapeños, onion and bell pepper.
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Extra pickled goodies
  • After an hour, rinse squash under cool water and drain. Pack all veggies into jars.

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  • Combine vinegar, water, remaining 2 tbsp of salt, sugar, mustard seeds and celery salt until everything but mustard seeds are dissolved.

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  • Pour brine over each filled jar, making sure to ladle mustard seeds into each.

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  • Recommended use: These get pickled relatively quickly – enjoy in salads or as a crunchy snack with cheese and other accoutrement!

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