Pickling Season: Preserving Nostalgia One Jar at a Time
There is something nostalgic about pickling and preserving the season’s bounty. As a kid, I marveled at how my mother took plain cucumbers and turned them into something magical - Bread and Butter Pickles. We loved them so much, she had to make twice as much as she hoped to preserve for winter because my father, sister, and I would snack on them every chance we had.
Since COVID, there has been a resurgence in gardening. What is old has once again become new. And Spice Madness can help you reinvent pickling in your kitchen!
Recipe Idea – With a Twist of Madness
Online, you can find a ton of pickling recipes for vegetables besides cucumbers. Imagine shocking your friends with this Everything Bagel Pickled Green Beans recipe by Better Homes and Gardens! For a fun and spicy twist, Spice Madness offers an Everything Bagel Red Pepper Seasoning that is sure to be a hit!
Perfect Spice Madness Pickling Products
Spice Madness not only offers an all-in-one Pickling Spice, they also have all the spices you need to make your own custom pickling seasoning. The most common are: Kosher Salt, Dill Weed, Dill Seed, Mustard Seed, Celery Seed, Bay Leaves, Turmeric, and Black Peppercorns. For some added spice, throw in some Fine Grind Crushed Red Pepper!
If this is the first time you are pickling, you might want to educate yourself a little. There are plenty of how-to guides to get started that can usually be found at your local library. The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving is great place to start!
Want some pickling education on the go? The Perfectly Preserved Podcast will both educate and amuse. How to Can Cucumber Pickles is a great episode to start with!
Memories Pickled in Time
Pickling not only offers a way to preserve the harvest you spent so hard on all summer long, but it can also be a way to create memories with the people you love the most. Or it can be a fun hobby to start and maybe even enter your prize-winning pickled vegetables into the local fair for some good old fashion bragging rights!
Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it! The resurgence of pickling is proof that some methods of cooking stand the test of time. Creating memories in the kitchen will last for generations to come.