Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spicy Summer Squash Refrigerator Pickles #FarmersMarketWeek


Our #FarmersMarketWeek is half over. Boo. This week, Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures and Cynthia of Feeding Big have us celebrating the bounty of farmers' markets. "If you can buy it at a Farmer's Market and can use it in a recipe...share it!" they urged.


#FarmersMarketWeek Wednesday Recipes

Spicy Summer Squash Refrigerator Pickles

Summer squash if one of my favorite crops. I love that I can cook it, eat it raw, and pickle it!! This is a quick-pickle recipe that uses vinegar; I also love to lacto-ferment them, but that takes a little bit longer. This recipe can be used with any summer produce - really! - it's just a matter of how long they need to soak.


Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 stems organic, fresh cilantro
  • 3 to 4  large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed lightly
  • 1 T mixed peppercorns
  • 1 t coriander seeds
  • 1 to 2 t red pepper chile flakes
  • 1 pound summer squash, thinly sliced (I use a mandolin slicer)
  • 1-1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 C water
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 T honey
  • Also needed: lidded jar; nice to have: Pickle Pebble (glass weight to keep the veggies submerged)


Procedure
Place the cilantro, garlic, peppercorns, coriander seeds, red pepper chile flakes, and summer squash in the bottom of your jar. Set aside.

In a saucepan , bring vinegar, water, salt, and honey to a boil. Pour hot liquid over the squash, pressing down on the vegetables so that brine covers them completely. I use a Pickle Pebble to keep everything weighted down. Let cool on the counter to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I try to pickle them for at least 2 days. This will keep, refrigerated for a month. But it's never lasted more than a week in my household...we just devour it straight from the jar! 

2 comments:

  1. I've now seen two recipes today for pickles made out of summer squash. I'm starting to feel like I've been missing out on something, lol. Definitely going on the list of things to try before summer is over.

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  2. I love the flavors you have going on here. I've never done summer squash pickles before but now I really want to try them!

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