When Summer Comes to an End: How to Dill with It. (All About Pickles!)

My children adore pickles. This time of year, we have veggies in our garden growing faster than we can eat them, and we thought it was time to give pickling a try ourselves! We knew you could pickle more than cucumbers, but we didn't realize the range of foods that can be pickled. We signed up for a class at Drumlin Farm to learn more about the recipe and process. 

EASY REFRIGERATOR PICKLES in 6 Steps: 

PICK a variety of veggies and herbs. 

PICK a variety of veggies and herbs. 

WASH and SORT to take a good look at what you've gathered. 

WASH and SORT to take a good look at what you've gathered. 

CUT... big, small, long, short - it doesn't matter!

CUT... big, small, long, short - it doesn't matter!

MIX the brine - (boiling water, vinegar, salt, sugar) - see recipe suggestions below.

MIX the brine - (boiling water, vinegar, salt, sugar) - see recipe suggestions below.

POUR brine into ziplock bag or mason jar. 

POUR brine into ziplock bag or mason jar. 

SEAL, SHAKE, and WAIT... an hour or longer!

SEAL, SHAKE, and WAIT... an hour or longer!

We added lots of dill that we picked, garlic, and a few mustard seeds to some bags. We are so thrilled with the outcome - they are delicious! 

You can find lots of recipes online - this one is very simple, or this one is great but what we learned is - it's hard to go wrong. Don't limit yourself to just cucumbers! We will try again using apple cider vinegar for fun... it is not an exact science, but more of an art to experiment with your own personal taste. 

We learned a lot about the history of pickling and preserving foods - this is a great article on PBS The History Kitchen we all enjoyed. 

As easy as it is, you can make it even simpler by buying a mix of spices - just add the vinegar, water, and cucumbers for  - these were also delicious. But we feel confident now to make our own concoctions and continuing to see what we like best!

Next up... we've got our minds on preserving foods! All about jellies and jams coming soon:) 


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