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Wednesday
Jul272011

peter piper picked

As recently mentioned, I finallllllyyyy spotted pickling cucumbers at the farmers market.  I’ve only been waiting since last summer!  Regular cucumbers work just fine, but pickling cucumber reign supreme!  They are much crunchier, have less seeds and a slightly stronger flavor.

And, I’m pretty sure they’re the cutest little green veggie ever.  Pickling is much easier than you think!  There is no cooking involved with this method and no waiting weeks to eat your pickles.  I stumbled on a recipe last summer and made about 5 different varieties in one day.  You throw ingredients in a jar, set it in your fridge, and 4-6hrs later you are eating pickles. 

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I only had 6 mini cucs, so I only made 1 pickle batch.  I cut them in chip form, but feel free to cut spears.  Whatever you like!

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Other ingredients you’ll need?

  • distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • spices – really whatever you want!

If you’re not feeling adventurous with your spice selection, this is a great go-to recipe.

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Salt + Pepper Garlic Pickles

  • 32oz jar
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • 6 mini cucs [~4” each]
  • 1T peppercorns
  • 1T sea salt
  • 4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  1. Slice pickles anyway you like.
  2. Place in empty + clean 32oz jar with salt, pepper + garlic.
  3. Pour in vinegar.
  4. Add water to fill the jar, leaving about 1” to the top.
  5. Screw the lid on and gently turn the jar a few times to mix the ingredients.
  6. Set in the fridge for at least 4-6hrs.  Flavor intensifies as they age.

*If you want a little tang to your pickles, add 1/4c apple cider vinegar and 1/2c distilled white vin.

*You can always tone down the pickliness and start by adding 1/2c vin, and test them out after a day.  Add more vinegar if you choose!

It’s pretty hard to screw up pickles.  I promise!

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Pickled peppers?

You bet!

Banana peppers to be exact. 

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Pickled Banana Peppers

  • 24oz jar
  • ~1.5c sliced banana peppers
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • water
  • 1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1T fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2T peppercorns
  1. De-seed + slice peppers anyway you like.  If you cut the top off of the pepper, you can sometimes pull the center out with the seeds.
  2. Place in empty + clean 24oz jar with salt, pepper + garlic.
  3. Pour in vinegar.
  4. Add water to fill the jar, leaving about 1” to the top.
  5. Screw the lid on and gently turn the jar a few times to mix the ingredients.
  6. Set in the fridge for at least 4-6hrs.  Flavor intensifies as they age.

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Not hard at all, right?

Want some other pickle ideas?  Check out my first pickling post, where I make these varieties:

  • 6 Spice Pickles
  • Simply [Dill] Pickled 
  • Red Hot Pickles
  • Lemon Basil Pickles
  • Sweet Garlic Pickles

Thanks for all of your feedback on wanting or not wanting to hear more about my workouts.  From the people who commented, I got all “yes” votes.  So it looks as though I will be incorporating workouts back into my posts.  I’m pretty excited about it, but trying to think of the best way to do this.  Weekly, at the end of each post, on a separate page…?  We’ll see!

Also, don’t forget to stop by Angela’s blog today!!  Ang has family in town right now and asked if I could write a guest post.  I jumped at the chance!  The topic: 5 favorite vegan recipes from my own collection - This was such a fun post to write.  Hope you enjoy!

Ashley

Reader Comments (63)

YUM i love pickles. nothing like pickled cucumbers and cottage cheese on rice crackers or wholemeal toast! all pickled veggies are yum :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

So Lulu is very particular about her pickles, as you know, and doesn't like the "spicy" kind. Should I leave the peppercorns out?

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Wow, I never knew making pickles could be so easy! I always thought it would be a long, complicated process. I'll definitely be trying these out.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

Love pickles. Love the 1st pic of the cukes. So simple and beautiful!

I make countertop pickles too. Way easier than vats of boiling vinegar, sugar, and water. Right? :)

I love pickles and made my own last year -- it was a much harder process than the one you describe though, and they turned out pretty bad. I need to try yours!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly @ The Runny Egg

I am actually not a pickle fan! but these look so cute and simple to make :)

Yey! I've been buying pickling peppers from our farmers market but have only eaten them fresh. This recipe sounds lovely! :D

I'll have to give pickling a go this summer for the husband. so.scared. ....These look great!

I never knew pickled peppers existed in the real world...I thought they only existed in a land where Peter Piper picks. Woah they're real! Lol

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblossjoss

I just found pickling cukes too, right after my boyfriend asked if we could make pickles! What a perfect time foe this post!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Love blossjoss's comment bahaha. These look fantastic, and so easy.

So I made pickled peppers a few weeks ago and forgot to deseed them. I took a bite of one and oh my gosh.... I thought my tongue was going to fall OFF!

I'm not sure why I thought pickling was so difficult and time consuming because this looks incredibly simple! Am I thinking of canning maybe? And how are pickling cukes different from regular cukes?

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I had no idea pickles were ready in only 4-6 hours. For some reason I thought it took days! This is so simple, definitely trying it.

you know those tiny patty pan squash that are so cute? ive had those pickled, they were soo good! i love pickling cuc's- literally have a few gallons in my fridge right now from all the cucs from our garden. we mainly do dill pickles.
we have grapes growing and use grape leaves + leaves from the cherry tree, and lots of dill, plus the usual spices and salt. so delicious :)

it might be because she sliced the pickles and used about 6. when i make them i leave them whole and use a big jar and they take a few days :) the longer they sit the better (once in the fridge), either way they're delicious!

ok. so i just stumbled on your blog via Oh She Glows and I love it! I especially love that you live in one of my all-time favorite cities and home of my Alma Mater! I'm excited to follow you and see what yummy things you cook up (we're recently veg!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah E

I just saw your blog at OhSheGlows & I am so happy to have seen it. Love what I see so far!

Pickles that quick? Cool! I need to try pickled beans.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEat Hike Sleep Repeat

How long do the pickles last for in the fridge when you make them this way? I've only ever done it with boiling them in the jars so that they last on a shelf for months.

YES PLEASE! I want some right now!

Mmm pickles. My grandma and I used to make our own together, but I had completely forgotten how to do it. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I never knew that pickles were this easy to make! And all those variations on your other post... oh my. Now I'm planning on adding pickle cucumbers as another crop to grow for next year ;)

mmmm these look delicious. I am a pickle freak. Just found your blog through Oh She Glows, excited to dive in. :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg | One Love Meg

Thanks Meg!!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know, right? Next year, garden, for SURE! Didn't have time with the house happenings this year!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

2-3 weeks in the fridge should be good. They don't last that long around here!! The nice thing is they're so easy, it's not a big deal to make a jar once a week! :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for stopping by!!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for saying hi Sarah!! I'm glad you're enjoying my blog so far!! :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, pickled squash! Fabulous idea!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I need to find pickling cucumbers! They are too cute and taste so good! I love pickling green beans too. How long do Yours seem to last in the fridge?

Hehehe...luckily banana peppers are super mild!! :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yay!!! Seriously so good!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahahaha love it :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ooh, let me know what you think!! So super easy! :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, who needs the boiling??

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They just add flavor, not really spice, unless you put in ground pepper. You can definitely leave it out though and throw some dill in there. Check out my "simply pickled" recipe too!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Triscuits + pickles + cheese -> broiled - is the best thing ever!!! Try it out! :) Pickles on cottage cheese sound excellent!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Pickled beans?? I've never heard of that!! 2-3 weeks...but they usually only stick around for a few days :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I had never seen pickling cucumbers before...until I realized my boyfriend planted them in our garden :) I'd like to try and turn them into pickles, thanks for the recipe!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeg @ pinkgiggles

Love your site! Came over from Oh She Glows. I am excited to go out and pick banana peppers now to pickle them! Thanks!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

My dad's crazy over pickles! We have to have a huge plate of them out at Thanksgiving and Christmas just to munch on...but we've never tried to make them our own before!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

I've always really wanted to try to make my own pickles but never had any idea how to tackle it. I think you may have just convinced me to try!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I'll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

I always thought pickling was so complicated.... it seems super easy actually :) Kind of like brining. Can't wait to try it some day!

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Hi,
Great post can't wait to try these recipes w/my garden fresh veggies. I would like to know if you can make your blog go into our email whenever you post. Feedburner like OSG or Family Fresh Cooking?
Thanks

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlucea

I love making pickles. Yours seems like an easier method than mine :) http://everydaysweetness.blogspot.com/2011/06/pickling-in-1-2-3-guest-post-from.html#idc-container

I couldn't find that many pickling cucumbers out in the farmers markets or stores for a while either. I had to go to an Indian Market to find them.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia (the Mexigarian)

Ashley, thank you so much for posting about your pickling techniques! my grandmother always made her own pickles, but unfortunately she recently passed away, and I haven't been able to track down her recipe. homemade pickles are so much better than the processed ones that come in a jar. I can't wait to carry on her pickling legacy, and thank you so much for giving me a great tutorial!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU! I made 2 small jars about 7 hours ago and they are soooo good! I can't wait to make/eat more! :D

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Wooohoo!! Awesome :)

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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