refrigerator pickles

Discussion in 'Canning & Storage' started by bluewhisper, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a lot of cukes coming in from the garden, and I want to make use of them. So, I'm making pickles.

    2 cups water
    1 cup seasoned vinegar
    1 level teaspoon each sugar and kosher salt
    1-1/2 cukes (all that would fit)
    slice of red onion
    1/2 red pepper (mild)
    1 dill flowerhead
    ~12 each garlic chive cloves (smashed) coriander and mustard seeds


    I used this zigzag knife which I suspect is actually a pastry cutter, and not made for this kind of use. Based on an earlier batch, I peeled the top and bottom of the cukes so the blade could bite in more easily. It's tricky to cut a uniform thickness. I also used the knife for the pepper.


    Red onion


    Final result

     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014
  3. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, how long do you have to wait to eat them 6 weeks or so??

    DS
     
  4. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The vinegar was cider vinegar that I flavored with herbs last year. I have a pH meter but it hasn't been used in a long time and I assume the probe is shot (again ... everything measures as 7.0).

    I just made them this morning, so now I wait.

    After that batch, I sliced up the other half cuke and made a sweet batch like "bread and butter chips" as a simpler recipe with coriander, mustard seed, and one whole clove.
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    OK..... I assumed the vinegar was something like "Seasoned Rice Vinegar". which can have an acidity of 4.0.... a little light on the acid for insuring safe pickled veggies....

    Sorry about that misconception on my part......

    Dave
     
  6. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm fortunate to have an excellent Japanese grocery about 1/2 mile from my home. Any kind of vinegars or mysterious sauces can be found there.

    Have you ever played with the 70% vinegar you can find in some Russian stores? I have a bottle, not this brand but the same sort of product.


    My bottle has a rubber cap with a pinhole in it. You don't pour this stuff, you squirt it sparingly over something like cooked cabbage.
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never seen anything like that.... WOW.... that stuff would be strong.....

    Dave
     

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