Spiced Pickled Pears – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 4

1 09 2014

pearsI love fresh, in-season pears. Really, any fresh, tree/vine ripened fruit is great but we only have them for a limited time unless you’re happy with artificially ripened, no flavor cardboard fruit that we tend to import from the rest of the world so our grocery store can give us anything we want, all year long. One way we can continue to enjoy truly great local fruit is to preserve it.

This is a rather unique take on the canned pear, it takes the typical sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg type canned pear to the next level with cloves and yes, vinegar. I was skeptical when presented with these but was won over quickly after a single bite. In fact, I’m kind of hungry for them right now… Read the rest of this entry »


Amish Sweet Dill Pickles – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 3

1 09 2014

Amish Sweet DillI feel like I’m getting this pickling thing down now, some combination of water, vinegar, salt and/or sugar, garlic, dill, really whatever is sitting around that you think might taste good. There are a ton of options out there but I really like this one. A little dilly, a little sweet, a little crunchy. Hope you enjoy eating them as much as I enjoy making them. Read the rest of this entry »

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 2

16 08 2014

20140810_141705As explained earlier, I have a new toy, my very own canning equipment. I love to experiment (not too hot on failing but I guess it’s part of the game) and we’re collecting a ton of cherry tomatoes every day right now so I thought why not, let’s give it a shot. If they don’t work, I’ll have just as many come off the plants again tomorrow. I’m not quite to the part of the year where I’m ready to start making sauce with our tomatoes (it’s too stinking hot to keep the stove going for that long!) so let’s pickle them! The only real trick here is to prick the tomatoes with a toothpick to prevent the skins from splitting.

Recipe and directions to follow below, hope you enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Dilly Beans – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 1

16 08 2014

dillybeansOne of my earliest memories in a kitchen was my grandmother canning. When I say canning, I mean it. She was serious. She did cherries, plums, apricots, peaches…and horrible pickles! See, grandma was on a salt restricted diet and that meant making pickles with NO SALT. I’m not exaggerating when I say that they were foul, nasty little cucumber bombs. I loved my grandma more than anything but I still can’t see past those horrible little things.

You’d think that those early memories would sour my relationship with pickles but you’d be oh so wrong, I love em! Sour, sweet, salty, spicy or any combination thereof, bring em on.

I kind of lost touch with canning and pickling for the better part of three decades but in the last few years, it’s been reawakened by my wife’s family, notably my mother-in-law Nancy. She’s got all sorts of goodness in her cupboards and last season I had some fun helping her put some of it up. This year, she surprised me with an early birthday bonanza of my very own canning rig and accessories and it got the wheels turning in my head about the possibilities.

She also supplied a nice bunch of fresh green beans from their garden that same day and from there, only one thing could happen, DILLY BEANS. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

8 02 2014

picklesSo, we’re all stuck at the house this weekend.  A rather big snow storm (for Oregon anyway), followed by a bout of freezing rain has us NOT wanting to venture out in to the bigger world.  What better activity to pass some of the day away then to make some quick fridge pickles!  This really is an easy process, it might have taken 30 minutes in total from beginning to finish.  These are basically a bread and butter pickle, without the strange neon color provided by tumeric in some recipes.

I think they’d be great with some grilled burgers or just on their own to snack on.  Hope you enjoy.

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