Friday, July 20, 2012

Quick Sweet Pickles

homemade pickles

Yesterday, I made pickles for the first time. With cucumbers grown right outside my door, meticulously cared for by my sister. Happy, happy things.

My oven has been broken for weeks now so I haven’t been baking. I’ve missed it and I had a hankering to get back in the kitchen. I looked at all the cucumbers piled up on my counter and thought about the pickles I’d had at a little cafe a few days before. I wanted to try and recreate the flavor. They were sweet & a little tangy, so I added some sugar, cinnamon & red onions. I stuck them in the fridge overnight, excited to see how they’d turn out.

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This morning I opened them up and had a taste. They are so good! I may have done a little jig. A perfect birthday present to myself (22 today!).

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If you’ve got some free time this weekend and you’ve never made pickles before, I say give it a try. It’s much easier than you think.

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Quick Sweet Pickles
Adapted from here

Ingredients
    6 kirby cucumbers or 2 regular cucumbers
    1/4 cup kosher salt
    1 cup water
    1 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 cinnamon stick
    3 cloves
    1 bay leaf
1 small red onion, sliced thinly

Directions
Wash and dry the cucumbers. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice the cucumbers thinly and place in a colander. Sprinkle with the salt and toss to coat. Place the colander over a bowl and allow it to sit, covered, for about 1 hour. Rinse off the salt and dry the cucumber slices well. Place them into a sterilized quart jar, along with the onion.

In a small saucepan add the remaining ingredients. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Pour the brine over the cucumbers in jar. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Will keep, refrigerated, for about 2 weeks.

Sterilizing Jars

Properly handled sterilized equipment will keep canned foods in good condition for years. Sterilizing jars is the first step of preserving foods.

Sterilizing Tips:
Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with a glass, plastic or metal lid, which has a rubber seal. Two piece lids are best for canning, as they vacuum seal when processed.

Before filling with jams, pickles or preserves, wash jars and lids with hot, soapy water. Rinse well and arrange jars and lids open sides up, without touching, on a tray. Leave in a preheated 175 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Or boil the jars and lids in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 15 minutes.

Use tongs when handling hot sterilized jars, to move them from either boiling water or the oven. Be sure tongs are sterilized too, by dipping the ends in boiling water for a few minutes.

As a rule, hot preserves go into hot jars and cold preserves go into cold jars. All items used in the process of making jams, jellies and preserves must be clean. This includes any towels used, and especially your hands.

After the jars are sterilized, you can preserve the food. It is important to follow any canning and processing instructions included in the recipe and refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products.

51 comments:

  1. These look delicious! Happy birthday Hannah :)

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  2. Happy Birthday!!! You've been such an inspiring woman to me and my baking. I'd make so pickles but I'm holding out until I can have a garden-- next year perhaps?

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  3. I love your post. The photos are crazy good...and happy birthday!

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  4. Oh they look so delicious! Unfortunately, I've never been able to grow cucumbers, so to the farmer's market it is. Funnily enough, I pickled something the day before my 22nd birthday too - grapes in my case. They were a good birthday present. Anyway, happy birthday, Hannah!

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  5. My oven is broken too, it wildly fluctuates about 150 degrees in either direction! This sounds like the perfect solution!

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  6. My cucumbers did so well this year, can't wait to make these!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. Happy birthday!!!! Hope you have a great one & those pickles look perfect! Love the addition of cinnamon & cloves.

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  8. Happy Birthday hannah!!! Glad you made a post, I can not wait to do this recipe. Beautifull photos as always!!

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  9. I can`t believe I`ve never made pickles before but now I`m interested. And these look so good, Hannah. Love the shots.

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  10. Delicious!!! Gotta do it tomorow. And, of course, Happy Birthday. Or, let me try in portuguese, cuz it seems you have some connections with Brazil, so...
    "Parabéns, feliz aniversário, felicidades. Sou fã desse blog (fotos e receitas) aqui."
    Ok, hope u've understood.

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  11. Your pictures get better and better! Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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  12. hey i think i have all the ingredients, would try this week-end. love the jars and pictures too :)Hope your oven is back soon & HAPPYYYYY B'DAY :)
    xoxo

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  13. I will def try this pickles recipe!
    Happy birthday dear!!!
    xxxFiC.

    www.fashionicook.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm new here but I adore your photos and you got me craving pickles now! Happy birthday :)

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  15. Oh my goodness, Hannah--these look absolutely wonderful! Way to bring back the ball jar :)

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  16. Happy Birthday, Hannah! Truly lovely light and photos.

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  17. Happy birthday! 22...so young and sooo talented! Your pickles look great.

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  18. I've never made pickles before, you convinced me to do it! Lovely pictures.

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  19. Happy birthday, Hannah! Definitely trying out these pickles...my mom made some similar ones from Darina Allen at Ballymaloe and they were equally sweet and tangy, so delicious.

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  20. My cucumbers aren't ready yet,I earmarked this post as a must do. I have always wanted to try canning something. This seems a good place to start. Thank you for the helpful advice and great looking recipe.
    Happy Birthday!

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  21. I need to try and make pickles! I have been saying that for years, but you made it look simple!

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  22. Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for sharing this on your special day!

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  23. My kids would love this. I can't eat anything pickled by they just love the tartness. A friend of mine has been encouraging me to pickle fruits! Thanks for the pickling recipe and btw...you checkered shirt is so adorable out in your garden.

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  24. Mmmm...these look good. So much more attractive and interesting on the table than a store bought pickle. Love it.

    thestyleofbeing.blogspot.ca

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  25. Happy Birthday!

    Are your pickles nice and crunchy? I've had a hard time with mine keeping that nice crunch. I'm afraid it's because I'm using regular cucumbers instead of the Kirby ones that I've seen referenced in several recipes.

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  26. These look wonderful and love your easy instructions. And Happy Birthday!

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  27. Happy Birthday!!!

    These look wonderfully easy even I can do these especially since I'm rather nervious about making pickles. I've never made them.

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  28. Yum! Did you lose a bunch of weight? You look great and I love your shirt!

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  29. I love your recipe idea. My mom will be thrilled to hear about this. Pickles is her favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I LOVE pickles. My husband makes fun of how much I love them actually, haha! They are just such a good snack! I'm definitely going to give these a try.

    And happy birthday, sweet Hannah!

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  31. happy birthday!
    this looks great; going to make these right away!!
    just a pickling tip for everyone: if you're processing your jars to make a shelf-stable pickle then make sure to follow ALL sterilization rules.
    for quick pickles, it's not necessary at all. just use something clean! a quick pickle is refrigerated and eaten just like anything else is the fridge. so obviously, use something clean but no need to sterilize just to keep something in the fridge...

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  32. Hello! I really like your blog, the aesthetics, the photos and the recipes! I so want to try this one!
    Oh, and Happy birthday to you.

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  33. Happy birthday! You are so incredibly talented for one so young. I enjoy your blog so much.

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  34. Oh, I cannot wait to try this recipe!! Your blog is just darling, by the way. Instant follow!
    xo
    Annalee
    http://ofstardustandtinsel.blogspot.com/

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  35. A friend of mine has been encouraging me to pickle fruits! Thanks for the pickling recipe

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