To Dill or Not to Dill
These Pickles are kind of a bill dill
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Pickling… It can become addicting. Once you get started the possibilities are endless. Stuff vegetables in jars, shake up the brine, pour it over, tuck in some flavor additives dill, garlic, peppers. Then stick the jars in the fridge; Viola. You don’t need special equipment; its a one sauce pan project.
The pickled vegetables are crisp, packed with flavor and a pleasant kick. Better yet, they improve with time. I’ve been setting out a jar with dinner, packing one on picnics, for tasty pickle back shots for your finest whiskey.
They are seriously delicious.
How to Dill them in Rise and brine!
50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar / Water
1 teaspoon salt for every cup of liquid
1 teaspoon sugar
Dill (to taste)
Garlic (to taste)
Red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 cups white vinegar
1.5 cups sugar
1 tablespoon minced FRESH ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 Birds eye chili minced
Pack vegetables into 2 clean 1-quart glass jars (wide mouth are easiest to fill).
In a sauce pan, combine the all ingredients (minus water into saucepan) Boil until sugar dissolves
Add 2 cups of water and pour the brine over the vegetables. Add enough water to keep the vegetables submerged.
If using regular pickle recipe add dill last before placing lids on
Place lids on the jars and refrigerate overnight or for up to 1 month. The longer they sit the better the flavor
Do not limit yourself to only cucumbers for your pickles just about any veggie can be pickled into an amazing concoction:
Asparagus, blanched 1 minute and cooled
Beets, whole or sliced thinly
Broccoli florets, peeled and cut into sticks
Carrot sticks, blanched 2 minutes and cooled
Cabbage, Cut into florets
Cauliflower florets, blanched 1 minute and cooled
Green beans, steamed 2 minutes and cooled
Red Onion, Sliced into thin strips
Cucumbers, quartered or thinly sliced
Not only do they taste good But they are good for you too!
The benefits of pickles
They contain Vitamin K
Carrying about 15% of our daily needs this is helpful to support bone health and prevent blood clotting
They are packed full of probiotics
Fermented foods contain healthy bacteria that supports gut and digestive health
Vinegar can decrease blood sugar spikes after eating which supports your metabolic health
Counts as veggies
A pickle spear equals 1/4 a cup of vegetables
Replenish electrolytes and boost hydration
Contains water and sodium to help bodies stay hydrated and store electrolytes