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!
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.
CUCUMBER PICKLES, SWEET AND SOUR
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.
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.)
The liquid process is still the same; we’re just changing up the spices a bit.
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!
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.
Verdict: These were not bad. Not my favorite thing, but an interesting flavor, sweet and tangy. A good summer dessert, and definitely refreshing!
There you have it, Pickles Five Ways. Are you now inspired to try pickling on your own?
Sarah 'n Spice