Have you ever made pickles at home? You should — it couldn’t be easier. Today, I’m slicing cucumbers into chips (this is a great shape to use with sandwiches, but you can cut them however you like) and pickling them in a vinegar brine. These tangy vegetables will be ready to eat after a few hours and will last in your fridge for the rest of the summer. Make them today and enjoy!
Sarah’s Tip of the Day:
When pickling, cucumbers with fewer seeds and thinner skins work best. Choose small Kirby cucumbers or larger European ones.
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Makes 3 1/2 cups
3 cups white vinegar 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 2 to 4 small red chiles (optional) 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 1/2 cups fresh dill fronds (about 1 bunch) Prepared Vegetables
In a medium saucepan, combine white vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, red chiles (optional), and ground turmeric. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Arrange prepared vegetables and dill fronds in one or more jars. Pour hot brine into jar to completely cover vegetables and seal jar. Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours (or up to 1 week).
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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.
Quick Pickles – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey