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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Home Cookin': Quick Dill Pickles

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:23 AM

click to enlarge Quick pickles - BRETT STANCIU
  • Brett Stanciu
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Summer vacation brings a steady stream of kids through my kitchen, frequently in search of snacks. Quick pickles are a simple, crowd-pleasing solution, with ingredients that come right from my garden. This recipe satisfies two requirements: they're simple to prepare and super healthy. While I would caution to carefully follow any recipe that calls for preserving or canning fruits or vegetables, these pickles are made (and eaten) fresh, so this is a fairly relaxed process with ample opportunity to experiment. To mix things up a little, I sometimes add fresh green beans or thinly sliced beets to the mix. For my next batch, I’m tossing in cauliflower.


Quick Dill Pickles
(Makes about 2 quarts)

Pickles are a perfect and snappy addition to macaroni and cheese, sandwiches or simply straight from the bowl. 


Ingredients:

1/3 cup sea salt
1 cup boiling water
2 pounds cucumbers, washed and quartered
1 small red or sweet yellow onion, roughly chopped 
a robust handful of fresh dill (flowers are fine)
3 minced garlic scapes or 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve the salt in boiling water, then stir in a half-dozen ice cubes to cool the liquid. Add all the remaining ingredients.

Add more cold water to the bowl — enough to cover the cucumbers — and place a plate slightly smaller than the diameter of the bowl on the vegetables. I fill a mason jar with water and use that as a weight to press the plate firmly over the cucumber mixture.

Leave the bowl at room temperature. The cucumbers will begin fermenting in the brine. After four hours, sample a spear. Depending on your family’s taste, either refrigerate to slow the pickling process, or leave at room temperature for a few more hours to pickle further.

Store refrigerated in the brine, in a covered glass container, and eat within a week – if they last that long!





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