Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. It's a summer tradition that goes back generations - summer pickling season and this week we're featuring 20 recipes for making your own pickles
Whether it's the crisp crunch of a dill pickle as a snack or the sastisfying "plop" of a pickled onion in a cocktail, pickles are as versatile as they come. Virtually every culture and cuisine has a variation of the pickle, be it made with cucumbers or pineapples.
Not only are pickles a wonderful (and pretty simple) way to preserve summer garden produce, but they add a welcome acidic tang to everything from a simple hot dog to a Buddha bowl. (Try our Roasted Veggie Miso Rice Bowl with it's quick pickled red onions).
A charcuterie board without pickles? We don't think so! Who hasn't added a pickled bean or pickled asparagus spear to their Caesar? Not us! They're an ever present summer fair snack - be they deep fried or the simple Disneyland dill pickle. They can be sophisticated while topping a piece of crostini with a perfectly paired cheese.
If you've never made your own pickles, they are one of the easiest ways to dip a toe into the world of preserving. Start with what are known as "quick pickles" or "refrigerator pickles". These don't require you to do any canning. All your veggies will need is an hour in simple brine and they're ready to go and can live for weeks in your fridge. They're so easy to make you'll wonder why you've waited so long to try them.
After you get a little experience under your belt and get an idea of what types of fruit and veg you like pickled, you can spread your wings and try out more traditional canned pickles using either a salt and vinegar brine or with lacto-fermentation.
If you're already an experienced pickler then you're going to love this collection of 20 pickling recipes - there's something for everyone!
1. Hoppy IPA Pickles
Deep fried pickles are a delicious pub snack or summer fair food with a glass of beer but what about beer pickles? Celebration Generation gave it a try and came out with these Hoppy IPA Pickles. Try them with your favourite IPA!
2. Fermented Cucumber Pickles with Green Tea and Dill Pickles
Most of us are familiar with pickling using vinegar but the other way to pickle is using lacto-fermentation in salt brine. Adding green tea to the pickle brine allows you to ensure you have crispy pickles without using an additive like calcium chloride. Check out Yang's Nourishing Kitchen's recipe for Fermented Cucumber Pickles with Green Tea and Dill Flowers.
3. Pickles Carrots with Dill and Garlic
Pickles don't just have to be cucumbers! If you've got a great yield of carrots from your garden or stumbled on a great deal at your farmer's market, try making Dish 'n' the Kitchen's Pickles Carrots with Garlic and Dill!
4. Quick Pickled Shallots with Apple Cider Vinegar
If you've never made pickles before and you're a little intimidated why not try quick pickles (also known affectionately as Quickles!)? They don't require sterilized jars or anything complicated. They just need an hour to percolate and they're ready to go (and they keep for weeks in the fridge). Try Flavour and Savour's Quick Pickled Shallots in Apple Cider Vinegar to start and soon you'll be quick pickling everything in site!
5. Mustard Garlic Scape Pickles
Garlic scapes are an ingredient that has grown in popularity in recent years and they're perfect for pickling! Their funky twisting and turning shapes make them an interesting addition to your charcuterie boards and their flavour... well who doesn't love garlic? Try these Mustard Garlic Scape Pickles from At The Immigrant's Table.
6. Spicy Zucchini Pickles
by Jo and Sue
If you've ever grown zucchini then you know there comes a point during the summer where you are desperately looking for new, inventive ways to use it up. It's what gardeners call a "good producer". If this is you, you'll be so glad you have Jo and Sue's Spicy Quick Zucchini Pickle recipe to help you out!
7. Pickled Asparagus
I love pickled asparagus in cocktails - especially a Caesar! Old Cut Kitchen has two great recipes for you to try here - both a Dill and Garlic Pickled Asparagus and a Spicy and Hot Pickled Asparagus. Take your pick (or try both)!
8. Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
Bread and butter pickles were a staple in my house growing up. They were the one pickle my mom insisted on making every year no matter what. This version from Earth, Food and Fire is a quick Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickle recipe that's easy to make and keeps in the fridge for months!
9. Preserved Mustard Pickles
Preserved Mustard Pickles are a great way to use up a lot of garden produce in one fell swoop and they're another one I remember vividly from parties as a kid! Not just birthday parties but grown-up parties as well. There was always a small dish of them on the table or on an appetizer platter. These delicious pickles from Lord Byron's Kitchen are both sweet and tart and contain, zucchini, onion, red bell peppers and cauliflower and so good you'll want to eat them as a side dish!
10. Spicy Mauritian Pickles with Jicama, Pineapple and Mango
You can also pickle fruit! These easy Spicy Mauritian Style Jicama, Pineapple and Mango Pickles from VeganLovlie are a delicious way to try pickling some ingredients you may not have considered before. Watch the video above or click on the link for the recipe.
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