The number of times I get pumped to spend $5-$10 on pickles from the pickle guy at Eastern Market cannot be counted. His goods are priced quite reasonably compared to some of the fancy pants pickles you'll find calling your name from the shelves at Whole Foods, as you're innocently perusing the greens to build your next salad. Who knows why it's taken me 31 years to brave the journey of pickling...but it finally happened....with these Refrigerator Pickles

Supplies you'll need (Ace Hardware had everything merchandised together quite nicely)
2-3 Mason Jars and Lids
1/4cup Pickling Salt

Regular Ingredients
1 Quart Filtered Water
1/2cup Vinegar (I used half apple cider and half white)
About 8-10 Persian Cucumbers. Sliced lengthwise into 4 wedges (or however makes you happy)
6-8 Garlic Cloves
Fresh Dill
1 Tbsp Mustard Seeds
1 Tbsp Fresh Peppercorns

Add water, vinegar, and pickling salt to a large saucepan and bring to boil. As this is happening, you can cut your cucumbers and get your other seasonings ready. Put a few garlic cloves into the bottom of each jar, followed by some Fresh dill (stalks and fronds are great). Then arrange your pickles in the jar, and top off with more garlic, dill, and your mustard and peppercorn. Feel free to add whatever other seasonings you fancy (red pepper flakes, coriander, etc.). Here's your opportunity to add your personal touch. Then, add in the pickling liquid until all of your goods are covered. Put your top on your jars, then leave on the counter for 1-2 days. Then...toss in the fridge for another few days (I know...you're anxious...but be patient! Keep yourself busy with some True Detective or something)...and find someone cool to enjoy them with on opening day! 

I can't wait to get busy pickling all kinds of things. Next on my agenda is some red onions, maybe some carrots or green beans. And yes, I'll eventually get a pot large enough to actually "can" them, so they can be preserved. Who knows, maybe you'll find me at the Mount Pleasant farmers market hustling my pickles one day. :) 

 

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