The Joy of Pickling: 200 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market

The Joy of Pickling: 200 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market

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by Linda Ziedrich
     
 

Turn the colors and flavors of the harvest into a year-round delight.See more details below

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Turn the colors and flavors of the harvest into a year-round delight.

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Library Journal
Hassol, who has a small jam-making business on Cape Cod, writes evocatively about her life there: her friends and family, the guests at her bed-and-breakfast, and the business she started several years ago. She provides 70 recipes for delicious small-batch jams and jellies, along with some breads and muffins to go with them, grouped into chapters with titles like "Nonnie and the Elderberries" and "Chasing the Wild Cranberry." Ziedrich, who might be called a pickle fanatic, offers a detailed and informative guide to pickles of all sorts, including kimchi and others from Asia, chutneys and salsas, and "freezer pickles," along with traditional favorites like Half-Sours by the Quart. She writes readably and knowledgeably about a variety of topics, and her varied and unusual recipes should tempt readers into trying at least a pickle or two, or more. Anyone interested in preserving will welcome both of these books, which are recommended for most collections.
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"Anyone interested in preserving will welcome this book, which is recommended for most collections." -- Library Journal

"Oregon farmer Ziedrich effectively weans folks away from the myth of canning difficulty by a very simple combination of credible information and 200 easy to follow recipes. And what a wealth of information is supplied here, including instructions for such important techniques as pureeing tomatoes, and guidance for troubleshooting-scum floating on top of sauerkraut for example. A down-to-earth reference." -- Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558321328
Publisher:
Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 10.54(h) x 1.39(d)

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Really Quick Dill Pickles Makes 3 quarts Because cucumbers intended for fresh pickling are traditionally brined for a day first, I was surprised to find that I really like pickles made by this no-brine method, For firmer pickles, add two or three grape leaves or six to eight sour cherry leaves for each quart of pickles. Or add 1/8 teaspoon alum per quart, but be sure you like the flavor of alum before you use it in a whole batch of pickles. You can of course double or triple this recipe to suit the size of your harvest.

4 pounds 4-inch pickling cucumbers 24 black peppercorns 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and chopped 6 small dried chile peppers (optional) 6 dill heads, with fronds 2 3/4 cups cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or distilled white vinegar 3 cups water 1/4 cup pickling salt

1. Gently wash the cucumbers, and remove blossom ends. Halve or quarter the cucumbers lengthwise, if you like, or leave them whole. Divide the peppercorns, garlic, and chile peppers, if you're using them, among 6 pint or 3 quart mason jars. Pack equal portions of the cucumbers and dill heads and fronds into each jar. 2. In a nonreactive saucepan, bring the vinegar, water, and salt to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt. Pour the liquid over the cucumbers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Close the jars with hot two-piece caps. 3. In a boiling-water bath, process pint jars for 10 minutes, quart jars for 15 minutes. Or pasteurize the jars for 30 minutes in water heated to 180 to 185 degrees F. 4. Store the cooled jars in a cool, dry, dark place for at least 1 month before eating the pickles.

Ann Kaisers Peach Chutney Makes 3 1/2 pints

I decided to leave my own peach chutney out of this book after I tasted my mother-in-laws. Dark, sweet, and hot (mostly from the ample ginger), its really the best. Ripe peaches and nectarines are easy to peel if you first blanch them in boiling water, then immediately cool them in cold water. I use Korean or Mexican ground dried red pepper in place of the chili powder.

1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion 1/2 pound (1 cup plus 6 tablespoons) golden raisins 1 garlic clove 4 pounds (about 10 to 14) peaches or nectarines, peeled and coarsely chopped 2/3 cup minced fresh ginger 2 cups cider vinegar 1 1/2 pounds (3 cups plus 6 tablespoons, firmly packed) brown sugar 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds 1 tablespoon pickling salt

1. Put the onion, raisins, and garlic through a food grinder, or mince them very fine. Put them into a large nonreactive pot with the remaining ingredients. Boil the mixture, stirring often, for about 1 hour, until it is thick and a rich brown color. 2. Pack the chutney into pint or half-pint mason jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Seal the jars with hot 2-piece caps. To ensure a good seal, process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. 3. Store the cooled jars in a cool, dry, dark place.

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