Pickle Porn

I mean like food porn. Geez, I say pickle and look where your mind goes!

I’ve been really into making refrigerator pickles these days. They’re easy and super gratifying.

I made dill pickles for the first time, with my friend Iris, and when they were finished we were so excited because they looked exactly like dill pickles! It was like making a cake that looks exactly like the one on the magazine cover. Only really, really easy to achieve.

As exciting as the dill-pickle-looking pickles were, my visual favorites this time around were the carrot pickles. Iris brought us beautiful carrots that were not only a variety of colors but also had rings of color going towards the core. Sliced in half and pressed up the side of a pickle jar they are gorgeous.

The recipes I used during this particular pickling session were for dilly beans, sweet and spicy daikon and carrot pickles, and dill pickles. We also threw some garlic and some cherry tomatoes into leftover brine. For the record: putting cherry tomatoes into a jar of brine does not lead to pickled tomatoes. Which might be for the best, because I’m not sure I’d like pickled tomatoes.

In terms of flavor my favorites are the carrot and daikon pickles. But that’s because the dilly beans and the dill pickles both have a strange, chemically aftertaste to them that Iris and I can taste but other people seem not to be able to discern. I used a super cheap gallon jug of white vinegar, on the assumption that all white vinegar is created equal, but I’m wondering if it was the culprit in the off flavor.

Anyways I am now always on the lookout for fridge pickle recipes to feed my new addiction. Any favorites?

In other news, I have a guest post up today at xgfx for Vegan MoFo!

14 comments on “Pickle Porn

  1. kittee says:

    Whoa, those carrots are serious business. So beautiful.
    xo
    kittee

  2. Tammy says:

    Those are absolutely gorgeous and you say, “easy”?

  3. ohkeeka says:

    Gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to make pickles for a while, but my husband isn’t a fan and my garden kind of crapped out on my this year. So many excuses! You’ll just have to send me a jar of yours. :)

    • Scrumptious says:

      This is my first year making pickles, so maybe we traded pickle mojo this time around. And yeah, like you, my love for making pickles exceeds the amount of pickles the people around me want to eat. Quite a dilemma!

  4. Mandee says:

    That’s amazing, great work! I’m always worried about jarring my own goods because I worry they won’t keep or will grow nasties in them

  5. Ali Seiter says:

    Hello, hello! I just nominated your blog for a Liebster award–congrats! I greatly admire your support of local farmers with your CSA box and look forward to seeing what you create with uncommon produce. Plus I ADORE pickles. :D

    http://farmersmarketvegan.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/vegan-mofo-15-passing-on-the-liebster-love/

    • scrumptious says:

      Thank you so much for this, Ali! All my ability to think and write has been gobbled up by grad school this month, but I will certainly be passing the award along as soon as I have the brainspace! Glad to have discovered your blog now as well!

  6. mapollard says:

    I love the beautiful colors of all the vegetables! The only thing I’ve ever pickled were cucumbers, which turned out pretty good!

  7. Cody says:

    Wow these look great! I’ve always been a bit afraid of trying to pickle, I don’t really know why, but I think you’ve inspired me to give it a shot. Great pictures by the way.

  8. Madmad says:

    Love your pickles. Have been experimenting trying to recreate a carrot and cauliflower pickle we were served in a particular Mexican restaurant. Have not yet achieved the right balance but it’s a fun ride!

    • scrumptious says:

      You’re my pickle hero, since my very first pickles were your turnip pickles. How did your escabeche (I assume that’s what you were trying to recreate) turn out? I love that stuff!

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