While some of us have barely tasted spring, summer is just around the corner, and with it comes fresh vegetables.
I live in southeast Georgia–where it’s hot ten months of the year–and I’m always on the lookout for recipes with fresh veggies. If you’d like to perk up your standard summer vegetables, consider pickling them!
Pickled veggies are so refreshing, and perfectly compliment fish or grilled chicken. The only downfall? Pickled veggies need to be refrigerated for three days, to soak up all the wonderful flavor. Also, the veggies must be fresh. You can’t use frozen.
Think it’s too labor-intensive? Think again. If you have a refrigerator, a glass jar with a lid, fresh vegetables, some vinegar, and salt, you’re set. Prefer sweet instead? No problem! Just add a teaspoon of sugar.
Like the idea? Then try some of these!
Pick two fresh veggies:
- cucumber (cut into spears)
- carrots (sliced thin, on an angle)
- corn (sliced off the cob)
- grape tomatoes (halved)
- whole green beans
- thinly-sliced red onion
- sliced radishes
- sliced summer squash
- thinly-sliced green cabbage
- cauliflower florets
- red or yellow bell pepper slices
- snow peas
- young okra
Pick a flavor:
- American: Dill seed, mustard seed, celery seed, and black peppercorns.
- European: 2 cloves of smashed garlic, 2 sprigs of fresh oregano, sliced lemon peel, and black peppercorns.
- Asian: 1/2 teaspoon of peeled, julienne-cut ginger, sliced orange peel, green onion slices.
- *Whichever flavor you choose, a tablespoon is all you need per jar!*
- Distilled white vinegar
- apple cider vinegar
- red or white wine vinegar
Method: Wash and slice your vegetable choices and place them in a clean, 1 lb. glass jar. Add a tablespoon of your flavor choice. Fill the jar HALF-FULL of your vinegar choice, and add one teaspoon of salt. Fill the rest of the jar with water. If you want sweet pickled vegetables, add one teaspoon of sugar. Seal the jar, shake well, and place in the refrigerator for three days. Pickled veggies will keep for two weeks.
My favorite is green beans and red onions, American-style, with white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar! Which would be your favorite?