We can pickle that!

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We can pickle that (Portlandia)

A little humor on pickling ;)

All joking aside you can just about pickle anything (that’s anything from the garden & some meats).  Pickling is a good source of healthy probiotic microbes, which occur by natural fermentation in brine. Many fermented foods are good sources of nutrients, including vitamins, amino acids and healthy bacteria.

The Advantages of Pickling Foods ~ 

Pickling was developed as a means of food preservation. Most pickling occurs in an acidic solution, such as vinegar, or a saltwater solution, called brine. Although the term “pickling” may bring to mind pickled cucumbers, pickling applies to variety of foods, including meats. Pickling offers several advantages over fresh storage, particularly with economic benefits. However, if you choose to pickle foods, you should carefully study preservation techniques. To prevent illness, you must strictly control or eliminate the bacteria in pickled products.

Food Preservation

The primary advantage of pickling is food preservation; pickling prevents spoilage and greatly extends shelf life. Pickling as food preservation was particularly important in agricultural societies before household refrigeration. However, even with refrigeration, many foods last only days, weeks or months; pickled foods often last several years. In this respect, few preservation and storage methods compare to pickling. Those that rival pickling include canning, drying and freezing…

Tickled Pink Pickles

Mr Happy’s Tickled Pink Pickles

Tickled Pink Pickles ~~~~~ By Mr Happy

The fixins 

  • 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Pink Himalayan salt
  • 5 springs of fresh dill
  • 6 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 jalapeno – halved
  • 1 – 3 green onions
  • 5 radishes – quarter
  • 3 – 4 small cucumbers – quarter
  • enough filtered water to fill the jar

Directions

You’ll need a large sterile mason jar big enough for all your fixins! Combine vinegars, filtered water and salt over low heat until salt is dissolved. Add your vegetables in jar, add liquid, wait 7 days… if possible! It’s that good! :P

My Pickle Pink My version: In addition to Mr Happy’s Tickled Pink Pickles Recipe, I added heirloom colored carrots, organic beets, and some spices – organic oregano, whole pepper, thyme, sweet paprika, black cumin seeds. I can’t wait until it’s ready!

Yum! :P

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