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Jun 14, 2013 01:46 PM

Pickling stuff! What else to pickle?

Mom used to pickle (quick pickle) all sorts of stuff. I've just re-discovered quick pickling. So far: home-grown Japanese cucumbers (spiky little devils which I rolled on the cutting board to break the spikes, then pickled in rice vinegar, sugar, salt, sesame seeds), Japanese eggplant, home-grown okra, carrot slices. What else, and other pickling liquids? (Sure, I'll also look on-line, too, but love recommendations from CHers.)

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  1. Turnips and or radishes, sweet/sour with kombu ala David Chang Jalapenos, sweet and sour. Off the top of my head.

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    1. re: jeanmarieok

      Ohhh, would never have thought of jalapenos--good idea. Hubs likes radishes, so that's another good one. We're meh on turnips--maybe they'd be better pickled. Thanks!

      1. re: jeanmarieok

        I like kohlrabi pickles, I also use David Chang's recipe.

      2. Green beans work well. I give a short boil to very lightly soften them up.

        Those "baby" carrots... which BTW are NOT babies, just ones that got busted up during processing... they go thru some sort of a tumbler machine that rounds them off. I give them a little cook time to cook about half way... personal preference.

        On RARE occasions, Acme will have English (burpless) cukes for $1.

        I make a "bread & butter" brine... sweet/sour... vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, etc. I bring brine to boil/simmer and pour over jars packed with veggies. Then maybe 15 minutes of processing in water bath.

        If I end up with more brine than I need, it'll pretty much last "forever" in a jar in fridge.

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        1. re: kseiverd

          My Japanese cucumber plant is producing like mad: I swear, I picked all the ripe ones yesterday, and this morning, 3 more were ready. We'll be eating or sharing lots and lots of pickles.

          Love b&b pickles, too. Thanks.

          1. re: pine time

            i'll volunteer picking, pickling and eating services. ;-).

        2. Watermelon rinds are to die for!

          I made a version of "cowboy candy" to give as smas gifts this past year. Can't find the exact recipe but this is close.

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          1. re: foodieX2

            Great minds: I bought a watermelon just yesterday, and on the way home, had the lightbulb experience of "oh, rinds for pickling!" Thanks.

          2. Bar S hot links, skin them and cut into 1" slices. Love pickled eggs too.

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            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              Yes!, pickled eggs. Always have a jar in frig., men in the family LOVE them!