Pickles 5 Ways

Pickles 5 Ways

As Alton Brown says, “If you’ll just take a little time to learn a few basic procedures, not only the whole produce section, but the whole world, will be your pickle … and good eats.” It’s true: Quick pickles all sort of follow a pattern. You’ll be pickling pretty much anything you want in no time at all!

Pickles 5 ways

I enjoyed the process of making these five recipes by Mr. Brown, but waiting a week to try them was a little daunting. I’m a “want it now” kinda girl. I was good, though, and waited the full week before digging in.


Alton Brown's Sweet Pickles
Alton Brown's Sour Pickles

I made one jar of sweet and one jar of sour cucumber pickles. They have the same basic ingredients; one just has a little more sugar than the other.

Pickles 5 waysSlice up the cucumbers and onions and measure out your spices.

Pickles 5 waysPut the cucumbers and onions in jars.

Pickles 5 waysMake sure you alternate stacking so you have a little cucumber and onion in every layer.

Pickles 5 waysSimmer liquids with the spices and pour in the jar.

Pickles 5 waysFinal pickles. Refrigerate for a week to ripen.

Verdict: The sweet ones were WAY too sweet. I don’t like sweet pickle to start with, but these were not "good eats" to me. The sour pickles, however, were a definite winner. Next time, I would cut the sugar to a quarter of a cup, but they were really delicious!


Next up: cauliflower. Yes, you can pickle cauliflower … Who knew? (Not me, anyway.)

Pickles 5 ways -cauliflower pickle

Alton's Hurry Curry Cauliflower Pickle recipe

The liquid process is still the same; we’re just changing up the spices a bit.

Pickles 5 ways - cauliflower spicesCrush all the spices up with a mortar and pestle.

Pickles 5 ways - toasting spicesToast them in a pan with vegetable oil.

Verdict: These were surprisingly good! I wasn’t sure what to expect, never having pickled cauliflower before, but the spices were on point. Good eats!


And now on to the carrots. I was most excited to try these!

Alton Brown's Firecracker Carrot Pickle Recipe

Pickles 5 ways - carrotsSame technique as with the other pickles, but with carrots and chilies.

Verdict: These were a bit of a letdown. They had a good flavor, but weren’t nearly spicy enough. I would double the spice next time. They have definite potential.


Finally, fruit. Never would I have thought to pickle fruit, but this is what I love about making all these recipes, you get to try new things! Again same basic pickling principle as with the veggies.

Alton's Summer Fruit Pickle Recipe

Pickles 5 ways - summer fruitsThe mix: pear, plum, lemon, ginger, sugar, mint, and rice wine vinegar.

Verdict: These were not bad. Not my favorite thing, but an interesting flavor, sweet and tangy. A good summer dessert, and definitely refreshing!

Pickles 5 ways

There you have it, Pickles Five Ways. Are you now inspired to try pickling on your own?

Sarah 'n Spice


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