Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pickles


My kids LOVE pickles.
And a big jar of fresh pickles is such a great thing to have in the fridge.  
Pickles are SO easy to make and so rewarding.

The board of ingredients is pretty simple.  
An empty jar of any kind will work.
  • Sliced Onions
  • Fresh Dill
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Pickling Spices...More About That Below



I forgot these are pretty important ingredients that you should also see.
  • White Vinegar
  • Pickling Salt



I cut up a pile of pickle sized cucumbers into 8 wedges per cucumber.



Here is my pickling spice.
I started with a basic recipe from Happier Than a Pig in Mud.
I skipped the cinnamon and cloves.
Then I substituted some fresh ginger for ground ginger to bump up the flavor profile a bit.
Fresh ginger really adds a kick to your pickles.
I really recommend it, but do not over do it because the ginger also adds a bit of heat to the pickles. 
One thin slice for this gallon sized jar made a BIG difference.
I have a little over a cup of pickling spice for the container I am using.



Lots of fresh dill and garlic is also a must for these pickles. 



I am using a one gallon glass container to make my pickles in.
It will be prefect to go from the fridge to the table on the patio.  
This is the ultimate make ahead dish.  
Anyway, start with a layer of onions and a few garlic cloves. 




Add about one third of the cucumbers to the pickle pot and sprinkle with the pickling salt.  
I went very light on the salt.



Add about a third of the pickling spices.




Add another layer of onions, half of the dill and a few more garlic cloves.  
Just keep layering until your pot is full.


When your pickle pot is full, fill it up three quarters of the way with white distilled vinegar.  
Fill the last quarter of the jar with cool water. 



Let the pickle marinate in the fridge for three to five days and then enjoy.  
:-)
They go perfectly with a messy, saucy plate of BBQ anything. 
They go perfectly with a sandwich and some chips.
They go perfectly with a burger and baked beans.
They go perfectly with any wrap you could imagine.
The pickled onions are really terrific on a hot dog.
They make a great cold snack.
The whole jar goes perfectly with summer. 


Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients:

Pickling Spices
Pickling Salt
Fresh Dill
Sliced Onions
Garlic
Cucumbers Cut into Wedges
White Vinegar


Instructions:

1. Into a clean glass vessel, layer your ingredients in any order.
2. Fill vessel three quarters of the way with white vinegar.
3. Fill rest of the vessel with cool water.
4. Cover and let the pickles marinate in the fridge for three to five days.
5. Enjoy

I am linking to Foody Friday at Rattlebridge Farms.

3 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I have that jar too. Love the addition of fresh ginger, always have it in the freezer, need to use it more often! Enjoy the pickles:@)

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