Pickles, Pickles, Pickles

May 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm (Napa Valley)

I received the June 2008 issue of Bon Appetit about a week ago and after salivating page after page I was inspired, inspired to do something I had never done before…make pickles.  Yes, I have had many pickles in my life…on the side of sandwhiches, taken out of the jar for a snack, and rolled up with pastrami and cream cheese and speared with a toothpick (the most recent addition to my list via my trip to Minneapolis and a visit to Psycho Suzi’s).  Who would have thought making pickles would be so fun and easy.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the pickles are delicious, a tasty treat to share at Paulito’s birthday bash on Saturday.

Here are some interesting pickle facts:

Interesting Fact #1:  Cucumbers were probably first pickled in Mespotamia 4,400 years ago

Interesting Fact #2:  Julius Caeser’s troops ate pickled cucumbers as a health aid

Interesting Fact #3:  PIckled cucumbers became popular in the US due to the influence of cuisine of Central and Easter European immigrants

Slightly Sweet Dill Regrigerator Pickles
Bon Appetit, June 2008

1     small sweet onion (Vidalia or Maui)
2     # medium pickling cucumbers, scrubbed, but into 1/4″ thick rounds
1     large bunch dill (coursely chopped, stems included)
1     T yellow Mustard Seeds
2     t whole White Peppercorns
1 1/2 C Apple Cider vinegar
1     C water
1     C sugar
3     T course Kosher salt
2     t dill seed

1.  Divide sliced onions between two 1-quart wide-mouth glass jars.  Pack cucumber slices horizontally in jars.  Top each jar with dill.

2.  Using mortar and pestle or resealable plastic bag and mallet, crush mustard seeds and peppercorns together.  Place crushed spices in medium saucepan.  Add vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and dill seeds.  Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.

3.  Ladle mixture evenly over cucumbers.  Leave jars uncovered and chill 24 hours.  Cover glas pickle jars tightly with lids.

Notes:  Can be made 1 week ahead.  Keep refrigerated.

Let me know how your pickles turn out!




1 Comment

  1. Paulito said,

    What?? No pickle video? I’m disappointed. I’m sure they’ll turn out great. There is nothing I could want more than a jar of pickles on my 31st bday! You rock Joanie!

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