Peach pickling -- leftover pickling liquid
I pickled a peck of peaches (sorry, I love alliteration) and ended up with about 2-3 cups of leftover pickling liquid, made from 3 parts sugar to 2 parts white vinegar. I like the taste. Some mind find it too cloying, but I guess I have a high tolerance for sweetness. Is there anything I can do with this liquid? Beverages? Syrup? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
I usually keep the leftover pickling liquid for a small batch of whatever I have left next week :) So, you have enough for 3, half-pint jars of something else... such as apricots or plums.
Three bean salad is the solution for leftover pickling solution. Make it easy on yourself. Get one can each of red kidney beans, short cut green beans, and garbanzo beans. Open and drain the liquids out of the cans, and dump the beans in simmering pickling solution for a few minutes. Adding diced onion and/or diced bell pepper would be a nice touch.
At the end of the tomato growing season, I slice and pickle the green tomatoes that are still on the vines using a bread and butter pickling solution. The pickled green tomatoes are a great ingredient for beefburgers instead of pickle relish.