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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sweet Pickles - Blue Monday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've done a lot of experimenting with pickles this summer and was really happy with the outcome. I did, however, have one last recipe to try before the season ended, so I was delighted delighted to find that Kirby cucumbers were still available at my favorite farm stand. The refrigerator dill pickles I made earlier in the season were terrific. I had a recipe for sweet pickles, developed by Tyler Florence, that I also wanted to try before moving on to pumpkins and squash. Today was the day and I'm really happy to report that his recipe is also a keeper. His pickles are very easy to make , but you should plan on a wait time of 5 hours before they are ready to eat. While you can use garden variety cucumbers to make this pickle, their seeds and a slightly bitter skin that makes them less than ideal for pickling. I prefer to use Kirby or English (hot house) cucumbers whenever possible. Refrigerator pickles have a color and crispness that I find irresistible. I hope you will too. Here's the recipe.

Sweet Pickles...from the kitchen of one Perfect Bite, courtesy of Tyler Florence

Ingredients:
6 Kirby cucumbers or 2 regular cucumbers
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 cup water
1 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 bay leaf

Directions:

1) Wash and dry cucumbers. Using a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice cucumbers thinly and place in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat. Place colander over a bowl and allow it to sit, covered, for about 1 hour. Rinse off salt and dry cucumber slices well. Place them into a sterilized quart jar.
2) Place water, vinegar, sugar, coriander seed, mustard seed, allspice berries, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and bay leaf in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour brine over cucumbers in jar. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Will keep, refrigerated, for about 2 weeks. Yield: 1 quart sweet pickles.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Canned Dill Pickles - Pantry Eats
Smokin' Hot Pickled Okra - Coconut and Lime
Pickled Okra - Never Enough Thyme
Zucchini Pickles - Andrea Meyers
Refrigerator Dill Pickles - One Perfect Bite
Dill and Garlic Freezer Pickles - The Other Side of Fifty
Jalapeno Bread and Butter Pickles - Simply Recipes

This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

49 comments:

alison said...

lovely addition of cinnamon and cloves!

aipi said...

Indian pickles normally have a mixture of complex spices and are made through a very elaborate process..this style of making pickle has always had my curiosity..now that I see your recipe will give them a shot sometime :)
Have a great day!

US Masala

kitchen flavours said...

This is great! I'm trying this one out. I love cucumbers and I think the Japanese cucumber would be great for pickling. Thanks for sharing this!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I've been out of town, with no internet access, so am doing a little blog reading tonight. Fun to see your pickle recipe and the beautiful jar of pickles with the blue lid. Hope your enjoying a lovely weekend, Mary.

Fondly,
Glenda

Sushma Mallya said...

So beautiful and so easy to make as well...

Katerina said...

This is the perfect way to enjoy these veggies throughout the year. They look very vivid in this jar.

Allie and Pattie said...

I just bought some sweet pickles yesterday as I was out of my own Mary- what perfect timing! I'll be on the lookout for Kirbys today
xoxo Pattie

From the Kitchen said...

I think these will be delicious at our table and dress up the refrigerator beautifully! Thanks.

Best,
Bonnie

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What fun. I've always adored pickles, and actually had some success two summers ago in making them myself. The thought of sweet pickles makes my mouth water!

bellini valli said...

This makes me wish I had more jars Mary:D

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,

I think my middle name is pickle. I have saved this recipe and the dill recipe for Florida. I am trying to empty the refrigerator now! Thanks for sharing.

Carol

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This is very similar to the recipe that I have used this year and it is really yummy. Diane

La Table De Nana said...

So cute w/ the blue lid!

Martha said...

I loe refrigerator pickles and these look really good!

Jeannie said...

I love pickles but have not made any with cucumbers before...I should try it soon, but I have lots of green papayas which got uprooted in the thunderstorm today, in my backyard so maybe I'll pickle that first! Thanks for sharing your recipe Mary:D

marthaandme said...

This is similar to my grandmother's recipe!

Joanne said...

I actually like sweeter pickled goods best of all! These sound delicious and I really hope I can find kirby cucumbers at the market so I can try them! If not, there's always next year...

Satya said...

wow what a tempting n beautiful looking pickle ..i totally agree with aipi ...ur version of pickle is very interesting

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Little Inbox said...

This pickle looks refreshing.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

I love pickles, this looks nice too.

Ginny said...

These look delightfully crisp! When you say Kirby, or English cucumbers, doo you mean the long, thin ones without the seeds? I have been thinking that there are only two kinds of cucumbers, the regular and the English?

Design Wine and Dine said...

I really have to try this! Tyler's recipes I find in general are keepers! Beautiful and fresh! Thanks Mary!

Cathy said...

Homemade pickles are a special treat. Love the flavorings you've used, Mary, especially the cloves and cinnamon.

StephenC said...

When I was young my mother or my grandmother would make sweet pickles and sweet pickle relish. I have lost my fondness for sweet ones, but remember making a comment on your dills, which I love. While I guess I would not make them for myself, I sure would enjoy a little taste of yours.

Rachana said...

I love homemade pickles and this cucumber pickle looks mouthwatering.

Faith said...

I love the use of allspice berries, cinnamon, and cloves! I bet they lend a really lovely flavor. My mother adores sweet pickles so I'm going to share this post with her! :)

Lisa said...

This sounds like a pickle recipe that even I can't mess up! Looking forward to giving it a try.

Thanks Mary!

Pam said...

Great pickle recipe, Mary! I've been experimenting with pickles also this summer. Thanks for the recipe!

Jenn said...

Homemade pickles always remind me of my grandma. She used to make her own when I was growing up, I remember them sitting in the basement just waiting to be opened! These sound wonderful and pretty simple too!

Dishesdone said...

Great looking pickles! Easy enough to try one day. They look excellent with the blue lid against the vivid green of the pickle. Great shot!

Tasha said...

I grew up eating my grandma's delicious crisp, sweet pickles. It's been many years since I've had them and sadly, I don't think anyone in my family has her recipe. I'd love to try this version, as I'm sure it would bring back wonderful memories.

Adelina said...

a brilliant green you have in that jar! love homemade pickles and your recipe is so different!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love the idea of making sweet pickles in small batches like this- so much easier than canning. These sound wonderful!

Monet said...

This does seem like a great way to do pickles! I love how quickly that these come together too! Thanks for sharing a great recipe with us...as always, you impress!

Biren said...

Homemade pickled cucumbers are the best as store bought ones are either too sweet or too tart. love the color too!

We Are Not Martha said...

First plums and now sweet pickles... And another thing I need to add to my list!! :)

Sues

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Yep, this sounds like grandma's old recipe--love it!

sophia said...

Wouldn't I just LOVE this in a grilled cheese sandwich!!

Rue said...

Thanks for this - I was just mourning the last jar of Mom's pickles and wondering what to do. Now I'm going back to the market next Sat to pick up some cukes I saw!

Lucie said...

When I first read your post, I ran to the fridge to get some pickles--but I'm sure yours are even more delicious, Mary!

chriesi said...

Sounds so good! I might prepare it this week!

Debinhawaii said...

You have me craving pickles now--I like the flavors in this one. ;-)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Homemade pickles are the best!

Aunt Snow said...

Oh, I'll try these! And watermelon rind pickles - I just had some in a salad at a restaurant, and they were amazing. thank you for the wonderful recipes, Mary!

Jane @ Going Jane said...

The colors look great in your pics! Super yummy! :)

SmilingSally said...

Umm, I'd love to have one of your pickles, Mary.

Happy Blue Monday!

Donnie said...

That looks really good. Happy Blue Monday.

Sherry said...

I'm confused about the pouring of brine over the pickles; after the jar is full?

Sherry

Mary said...

Sherry, I couldn't find an active blog on which to answer you, so I'll have to do it here. The jars are filled with the cucumbers and then the brine is poured over them. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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