Pickling Other Foods
Add some zip to your meals with pickled foods! Pickling combines spices, sugar and vinegar with fruits and vegetables to create a unique sweet-sour flavor yet retain a crisp, firm texture. The primary ingredients in making pickled foods include the produce, salt, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Firming agents are optional.
There are a variety of methods to prepare pickled foods. They include:
Brined or Fermented Pickles - This curing process involves soaking the food in a brine for several weeks. Curing changes the color, flavor, and texture of the food. Fermentation produces lactic acid to help preserve the food. Some foods are brined, but not cured. These will have vinegar added to them for preservation.
Fresh Pack or Quick Process Pickles - This method involves a boiling hot pickling mixture of vinegar, spices, and seasonings. The food may be brined prior to adding the pickling liquid. The end result is an easy to prepare pickle with a tart flavor. Allow them to stand several weeks after heat processing to improve the flavor.
Fruit Pickles - Whole or sliced fruits are simmered in a spicy, sweet-sour syrup made with vinegar or lemon juice prior to canning.
Relishes - Chopped fruits and vegetables are cooked in a spicy vinegar solution to the desired consistency prior to canning.
- Preserving Cucumbers - Kansas State University
- Making Pickles - Iowa State University
- Let's Preserve Pickles - Purdue University
- Pickled Products - University of Georgia
- Homemade Pickles and Relishes - University of Wisconsin
Pickling Other Foods
- Making Pickled Peppers- Colorado State University
- Making Pickle Products - Iowa State University
- Pickling Vegetables - Oregon State University
- Fish Pickling for Home Use - Oregon State University
- Peppers: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy - University of California-Davis
- Pickled Asparagus - University of Georgia
- Chutneys - University of Georgia
- Pickled Eggs - University of Georgia
- Fruit Pickles - University of Georgia