On to the Pickle Party!
Here in Southern CA the cucumbers can last well into Fall. Here was the last of our harvest:
The Growing Experience (one of my CSA spots) had their 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and asked me if I'd help organize and gather community members to participate. Yay! I love this urban farm and always help out when I can.
This year they wanted to demonstrate some preserving techniques to show people that making jam and other canned goods is simple, once you know how to do it. The whole process of boiling and cooking proved too difficult to do during a Festival. So I offered the idea of easy refrigerated pickles. We could have a booth where people could taste test them and also pick up the written recipe. Yes!
I was originally just going to make my simple pickle recipe, but a lack of celery seeds got me thinking about different spices...which in turn got me thinking about different pickles!
So for all of you who couldn't make it to the Festival...here's the handout I made for the demo. I imagined getting all sorts of cool shots of pickle craziness, but my kids were running around like crazy and my back-up (read, husband) couldn't make it. So the pics I got will have to do. Oh, and rumor has it the Dilly-Orange ones were the favorite!
Make Your Own Gourmet PicklesNeed a way to preserve and enjoy the bounty of your cucumber harvest? Make these easy gourmet style pickles and impress your friends. NO crazy jam/jelly/canning equipment necessary. Just pop them in your fridge and they’ll stay nice and fresh for a month...if they last that long!
1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
8 garlic cloves, sliced into quarters
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp curry powder
a few good cracks of fresh ground pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
Baby C at the Festival, her favorite were the Bombay Pickles.