|Pickled golden beets|
You see, the challenge for this month is to make pickles.
If you are a regular reader of The Ninj, you know this is like saying, "This month's challenge is to breath."
I'm a pickle junkie and feel I have already given you more than your fair share of pickle musings this year. So I didn't want to subject everyone to simply one more post on how to make pickles.
Therefore, perhaps cheatingly, for the Challenge, I'm giving you a sampling post: that is, I'm summarizing my pickling escapades all in one place. Let's call it the Ninjipedia of pickling.
(Oh man, I supah like that one!)
Pickles, pickles, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1) Canned Pickles
Traditional waterbath canning: the grandpappy of pickling methods, the one that allows you to have pickles all year long, whenever you want them (as long as you haven't eaten them all).
|Canned dill pickles (foreground) and refrigerator pickles (background)|
I've been making this one recipe for several years now and it hasn't let me down yet (incidentally, this was one of my very first posts on this blog, too).
2) Refrigerator Pickles
This is my go-to pickle because it takes so little time and yields such awesomely pickly results. As long as I have cucumbers in the garden, I usually have a few jars of these bad boys in the fridge. They are pretty vinegary (which I like) and the taste is more reminiscent of a deli half-sour pickle than a traditional dill. A big shout-out of thanks to Eve at The Garden of Eating for supplying me with this recipe.
3) Lactofermented Pickles
Despite the crap I got from readers about using the words "putrefication" and "scum" in my how-to descriptions (I was being accurate, mind you), I thought the pickles were fantastic and surprisingly easy to make -- not to mention that they lasted a super-long time in the fridge. They tasted like a true barrel-style deli pickle.
4) Other Pickled Veg
Again, most of these recipes are completed in the refrigerator, so they are quick and easy. I love to add any or all of them (depending what I've got cooking in the fridge at the time) to cheese or charcuterie platters.
- Recipe: Root Vegetable Kim Chi (This is a quick and pretty fermentation process, courtesy of Chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill, NC, one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Sadly, it's also a post from my bad photography days, so don't judge the recipe's awesomeness based on my craptacular photo.)
- Recipe: Zucchini Pickles
- Recipe: Dilly beans
- Recipe: Pickled Radishes and Radish-Avocado Bruschetta (I used this same brine recipe to make the pickled golden beets you see at the top of the page -- I think it would also be fabulous with turnips and parsnips.)
- Recipe: Cider Vinegar Pickled Beets (There are two other recipes in the linked post, but this one is the best.)
Care to share your favorite pickle recipe with the Ninj?