Thursday, August 31, 2006

pickle party

I spent the morning with my friend Barb. She had a lot of zucchini and onions from her garden and wanted to learn how to make pickles. I brought over my canning pot, mandolin, spices and taught her how it's done. It really is so easy. She was amazed, impressed and delighted. She was thrilled with how the pickles tasted and can't wait to make more. Another convert (mwahahaha).

The recipe that we used was pretty much as follows:

4 lbs zucchini, sliced in the mandolin
3 large onions, sliced in the mandolin
put in non-reactive bowl and sprinkle generously with pickling salt
let sit 1 hour
rinse well

In a separate pot mix together

3 C. apple cider vinegar
2 C. sucanat
1 T. mustard seed
2 t. celery seed
2 t. turmeric
2 t. ginger powder
1 T. black peppercorns

Bring mixture to a boil
add rinsed squash and onions
bring back to a boil
jar, seal, hot water bath 10 minutes

This recipe is best when you let it sit for a few weeks before eating

filed under preserving, recipes

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