The Pickling Picnic

I never heard of the concept of a pickling picnic until recently when I browsed the latest issue of Better Homes and Garden.   As summer comes to an end (I hate to even acknowledge this fact!) – I thought this is a great way to continue to enjoy the season’s produce even after summer is over!

In fact, you can make this a fun event with your friends where each person is assigned a task – like an assembly line! 

First step:  pick the produce.

Next, measure the ingredients.  Third step:  wash, cut and slice.  Final step: pack in jars.

Once pickled and packed, these are easy to carry and enjoy at a fall picnic!

Here are some pickling recipes that are easy to make:

Napa Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Cider

  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Boil the vinegar and sugar together until they reach the consistency of syrup.  Refrigerate.

Slaw

  • ½ head Napa Cabbage
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • ½ small onion (about 1/3 cup), tiny dice
  • 2 teaspoon celery seed
  • Cider from above
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Combine all ingredients and dress with ½ cup (or to taste) the cider.  Refrigerate.

Recipe from:  NPR.org

Carrot Pickles

  • 1 pound baby carrots, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 1/3 distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon dill seed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer until the carrots are cooked but still crunchy.  Let cool, then refrigerate.

Recipe from:  NPR.org

Pickled Cucumbers

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • Coarse salt

Cut cucumber crosswise into 3 equal pieces, cut each piece lengthwise into eighths.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, dill and 1 teaspoon salt.  Add the cucumber spears, toss. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. 

Recipe from:  MarthaStewart.com

Find more pickled recipe inspiration, on my Pinterest Board:  Pickling Recipes!

Image Credits:   Pickled Radishes and Beets |  Pickled Green Tomatoes | Pickled Vegetables

Post by:  Rekha Krishnamurthi | ETSY Shop:  DivineNYCo | Website:  www.divineny.com

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