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Pickle Party

Hey there!  This week was so jam packed full of random stuff to get done.  The holiday season is officially here and I just made my "to make" list.  It scared me.  I am not sure I can get it all done, so I had to go back through and prioritize it.  That scared me too.  I had better get crafting!  Did you see Grosgrain's Handmade Holiday Gift Guide?  It's pretty inspiring.

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 Pickles
Need 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!



Bombay Pickles

2lbs pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
1.5 cups white vinegar
¾ cup sugar 
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



Dilly-Orange Pickles


2lbs pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 small onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
¼ cup dried orange peel
1.5 cups white vinegar
1 cup sugar
4 garlic cloves, sliced into quarters
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp turmeric
1 Tbs dried dill


Spicy Sesame Pickles

2lbs pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
1.5 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
10 garlic cloves, sliced into quarters
2 Tbs sesame seeds (raw or toasted)
2 Tbs tamari (soy sauce)
1 Tbs spicy chili oil
1 tsp sesame oil




For all recipes:

Place half of the cucumber slices in a 2 quart mason jar; top with half of the onion slices. Repeat procedure with the remaining cucumber and onion slices.



Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir to combine. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture in the jars, let cool. Then put the lid on keep them in the refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 4 days, turning the jar once a day. Then eat and enjoy!


Baby C at the Festival, her favorite were the Bombay Pickles.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome! I actually have some of those small pickles from WF. I'm wondering if anyone had ever tried pickling with apple cider vinegar? Oh, btw, this is your reminder to show me what you planned on using those dehydrated oranges for! You said it would make a good Christmad present I think :)

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  2. I was going to ask about the acv too. :) But would the boiling kill all that is good in it anyway? I get Bubbies fermented pickles - can these be done that way?
    {I obviously know nothing about pickles but the Bombay ones sound wonderful - I put curry in darn near everything}

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  3. I'm a crazy ACV nut. Seriously I use it on everything. My hair, my wonder tonic, my salad etc....
    But not my pickles.
    It is not the same taste. This is the ONE thing I prefer white vinegar.
    By the way....these are easy refrigerator pickles, no boiling required, so go ahead and use ACV and let me know what you think.

    Carissa - Oh yeah! I almost forgot....later this week probably. :)

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  4. Ahhh gotcha. lol
    I was ref-ing the boiling here: Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir to combine. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute.

    Now to see if I can find some of the right sort of cuke. :)

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  5. Ha Ha! Oh duh. :) Yes, that boiling....

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