When you think of pickle recipes you probably think immediately of cucumber pickles. However, pickling is not just for cucumbers!
Pickling, simply put, is the preserving of food (actually many different foods) in an acid, often vinegar. The acidic environment prevents bacterial growth and thus makes the food safe to eat. Spices and or sweeteners are added for flavor. When canning pickles you will process in a water bath canner.
First, we will look at the different types of pickles and then it's on to the recipes!
Brined or Fermented Pickles - Fermenting is a form of pickling. The food to be pickled is soaked in a salty brine to ferment or cure. This is the most time consuming method. Brining time can vary from a couple of days to several weeks.
Fresh Pack Pickles - Also known as quick process. These pickles are packed in a vinegar solution. They can be brined from a few hours to overnight. The are then processed and allowed to set for up to several weeks to allow flavors to develop.
Relishes - Relishes are a combination of vegetables or fruits that are chopped and packed in a vinegar solution. Sweeteners or spices are added to for flavor. Relishes can be sweet, or add some hot peppers for a spicy touch.
Fruit Pickles - Fruits are brined in a sweet and sour syrup. Usually with vinegar and sugar.
Sauces - Sauces include Ketchup, Chili sauce or Barbecue Sauce and more.
Though not all recipes or foods use a pickling spice, this recipe is a great way to increase your variety in flavors.
Bread and butter pickles is one of those things that can turn a good burger into an amazing one! Also good for just munching on and more.
This sweet pickled relish made with bits of cabbage and peppers is easy to make. It's a good recipe to start branching into new flavors with!
I'm finally getting the crunch. Using the low temperature process detailed below and in the article, I now get the perfect crunchy dill pickle!
Mushy dill pickles? I admit I'm pickle challenged. This low temperature process that I found at the NCFHPH made a huge difference.
Making Dilly Beans is a great way to preserve extra green beans or just to add variety to your pantry.
Is it ketchup, or catsup? However you say it, making your own with your canned tomatoes is a pickling recipe for delicious!
Pickled beets is one of those treats usually brought out at holidays. When you make your own, you can have them anytime!
Pickled carrots is a sweet or tangy treat that can be added to many dishes or just eaten from the jar!
Sometimes you end up with a lot of green tomatoes and don't know what to do with them. You can only fry up so many of them! Here's another option.
Here's a spicy pickling recipe for preserving peppers. There's no limit to the dishes these can be added to!
Another great way to add variety to your pantry and makes a welcome gift, too. Pickled pepper rings are easy to make and good anytime!
The classic sweet pickle relish is a must have for any pantry. Tang and sweeten salads and enjoy at barbecues alike!
If you raise chickens, chances are there are certain times during the year when you have more than you know what to do with! Here's a great way to preserve some.
Hi Sharon -- What a wonderful website you have--so wonderfully neat and organized; very sharp! I was perusing your site and came across the pickling section and thought I might give you a pickling tip.
After years of making pickles and having success and failures, I discovered something that changed things so that there are no more soft pickles.
I was reading the ingredients on a jar that I usually buy, and they listed distilled water! I use to use alum but found out that because it is an aluminum product that it is not healthy although it sure made for snappy pickles.
I have been canning for about 40 years now; and although I don't do nearly what I use to do--we had a family of eight--we canned everything that didn't move :)
Blessings, Grannie ~ Michigan
I want to thank Grannie for this tip. We all are learning all the time and I for one am pickle challenged! I'm going to try out Grannies idea and see if it helps me make "snappy" pickles instead of the smushy ones I usually get.