Pickling Archive

Fermented Dill Pickles

August 23, 2016

I’m a dill pickle girl all the way. My mother’s dill pickles are the #2 thing I can in the house after tomatoes. So imagine my surprise when I found a fermented version that almost rivals my mom’s? Read more ›

Fermented Cauliflower Pickles

February 13, 2016

I just opened a jar of fermented cauliflower pickles that I put up last July from a huge head of cauliflower from my garden. The pickles are crisp and tangy, laced with tarragon, garlic, chili and mustard. Best of all, the pickle juice is carbonated. Read more ›

Preserving Winter Citrus

January 16, 2016

The dead of winter is where we’re at. Heading for -25 windchill tomorrow and I, for one, need as much sparkle in my life as I can muster.  The irony is that citrus, the sunniest of fruits, is in season in the middle of winter. Read more ›

Turkish Pickled Golden Beets

October 4, 2015

I developed this Turkish-style pickled beet with my friend Megan during an afternoon of canning.  I love the rich flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin together in this sweet yet savory preparation.  What could be better during a cold winter’s Read more ›

Indian Summer Giardiniera Pickle

September 25, 2015

We are deep in indian summer here in Minnesota.  A couple light frosts have hit the gardens, but produce still continues to ripen, unaware that it’s almost October.  Peppers seem to be the last thing to arrive in the garden, and with 80 degree days, they just keep coming.  To preserve the late bounty of my garden, I made Italian-style giardiniera. Read more ›

Pickled Dilly Beans

August 11, 2015

Summer holds such promise – big, bountiful gardens, lots of fruits and vegetables, excellent foraging and amazing farmer’s markets.  In deep winter I plan all the amazing things I will do with summer produce, along with the great blog posts I will make to accompany them.  Then summer hits me like a full bucket of water, and I am deluged with the harvest. Read more ›

Quick Pickled Baby Beets with Stems

June 28, 2015

We’ve had plentiful rain and moderate summer temps the last few weeks and the garden grows by the minute.  Sweet snap peas are bountiful, greens overflow my crisper and the tomato plants are 3 feet tall.  The winding row of mixed color beets are beginning to crowd one another as I never have the heart to thin them. Read more ›

Chive Blossom Vinegar Recipe

June 5, 2015

While cruising through Instagram the other day I came across a number of photos of beautiful chive blossoms and several posts about chive blossom vinegar.  Doh!  I totally forgot to make my chive blossom vinegar!  And my garden chives are covered in blossoms. The time is now. Read more ›

Spicy Asparagus Carrot Refrigerator Pickles

April 14, 2015

It’s spring in Minnesota!  And it’s a whole two weeks early.  Unlike the east coast, who will probably be two weeks late this year, Minnesota is enjoying an unseasonably warm and lovely spring.  Pale green leaves are peeking out of bare branches, Read more ›

Mexican pickled red onions

Red Onions en Escabeche

March 14, 2015

I like to serve homemade preserved goods with a meal, but this late in winter, my pickle supply is running rather low.  Last week we had a few friends over for a decidedly non-winter meal.  Read more ›

Daikon Kimchi

October 9, 2014

I like radishes. In the spring there’s an explosion of little red globes, followed again three months later by the fall radish boom. But our Minnesota summers make radishes pithy, bitter and hot, so there’s a long pause in radish season, which I find wholly unacceptable.  Then I met the daikon radish. Read more ›