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Our Tiny Pickling Party

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It’s getting to be that time of year when you start to think about how to save as much of your harvest as possible. Right now the Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, and Beans are in abundance. The harvest baskets are overflowing. But keep an eye on the weather. Pretty soon there’ll be a nip in the air and that’s when you’ll need to start thinking about preserving.

I’m part of a smaller Master Gardener group called the ‘Community Cultivators’ – cultivating community, get it? And we have a Harvest Festival event planned for early September. So we harvested this little lot from the local vegetable demo garden.

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And had ourselves a pickling party. It was lots of fun. Much chopping, washing, tea-drinking, chatting, laughing, chopping, washing, packing and ultimately squashing.

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Our bible for the pickling was The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. A great book with recipes and combinations that were both traditional and unusual. Definitely recommended reading.

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The best thing about pickling with other people – apart from the volume of pickles produced – is the tips that you pick up along the way and the new ideas that you experience. Like, how you should always remove the blossom end of your cucumbers before pickling because it makes them soft. I also discovered a new spice, Grains of Paradise.

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And I did not know that you can pickle Nasturtium seeds!

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We filled half of the jars with a vinegar solution for pickling and half with a salt solution for brining. The pickles were sealed and put in the fridge and the brined vegetables were weighed down with bags of brine and left without lids in the basement to ferment.

I can’t wait to taste them!

7 Responses to “Our Tiny Pickling Party”

  1. CJon 30 Aug 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Those jars look wonderful. I’ve always fancied brining, but I haven’t plucked up the courage to have a go yet. I think I would probably prefer brined vegetables to pickles though. Your pickling party sounds like a lovely way to spend a day. And your pile of vegetables looks very impressive.

  2. Ginon 31 Aug 2013 at 12:28 am

    Have you ever made kimchi? I did for the first time this summer and I love it! Kraut is something I make regularly, and this is made in a similar fashion, but the taste is entirely different. Thankfully, salt isn’t a problem for me because both kimchi and kraut are loaded with it.

  3. dfiser3on 01 Sep 2013 at 11:34 am

    @LJnjam What we need is a pickling party! http://t.co/y2H9ruiROf

  4. LJnjamon 01 Sep 2013 at 11:53 am

    RT @dfiser3: @LJnjam What we need is a pickling party! http://t.co/y2H9ruiROf

  5. Angelaon 02 Sep 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Great post and pictures. The pickling party is a great idea and sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy your spoils!

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  7. Leeon 15 Sep 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Pickled nasturtium seeds are great! You can use them, chopped up, more or less as a replacement for capers.