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Old 04-12-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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What should I pickle in the off-season?

I've never pickled anything before although my mom was really fond of pickling green tomatoes and beets when I was a kid. I ate alot of those. For some reason I have a sudden strong desire to pickle something soon.

I think it was a Good Eats recipe that did this to me.

I'd like to make some cucumber pickles but I don't know of anywhere to get pickling cukes so I'll just have to grow them this year.

What should I pickle in the meantime while I wait 90-100 days to grow cucumbers?

I guess my question is "what kind of vegetables are both good to pickle and available at most grocery stores year around"?

I'm also open to making relishes or kim-chee as well.

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Old 04-12-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Pickled Carrots, Asparagus, Onions, Green Beans, Okra are what come to mind right now.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Pickled limes and preserved lemons!
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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Pickling was originally intended to be used as one of the means of preserving in-season products for consumption during the off-season.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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Hopefully you will be growing Kirby (aka "pickling") Cucumbers for pickling since regular cucumbers have large seeds that ruin the experience of a good pickle.

When I'm not making pickles I will pickle any of the following, depending on their availability (and cost if I buy them): Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Garlic, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Okra, bell peppers, hot peppers (like Jalapenos), Onions, Shallots, Tomatillos, and even Asparagus, Cactus Pads (Nopales), Eggplant and Brussels Sprouts. In short, just about any produce item can be pickled.

I especially like to do relishes, Giadiniera, and other mixed vegetable recipes when I have several vegetables on hand.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:01 PM   #6
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Hopefully you will be growing Kirby (aka "pickling") Cucumbers for pickling since regular cucumbers have large seeds that ruin the experience of a good pickle.

When I'm not making pickles I will pickle any of the following, depending on their availability (and cost if I buy them): Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Garlic, Green Beans, Mushrooms, Okra, bell peppers, hot peppers (like Jalapenos), Onions, Shallots, Tomatillos, and even Asparagus, Cactus Pads (Nopales), Eggplant and Brussels Sprouts. In short, just about any produce item can be pickled.

I especially like to do relishes, Giadiniera, and other mixed vegetable recipes when I have several vegetables on hand.
+1, except for the Brussels sprouts. (I don't like Brussels sprouts, you might.)

My faves are green beans, carrots, and beets.
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Would the cabbage available now be good for making sauerkraut?

You could always pickle some eggs.
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