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Recipe for pickled eggplant with Italian herbs and seasoning

In this unusual pickle recipe, eggplant is seasoned with Italian herbs, spices, olive oil, and vinegar. Eggplant makes a delicious vegetable pickle to serve with any meal. Eggplant is popular all around the Mediterranean and across Asia. I think of eggplant like the potato; it is bland but soaks up other flavors deliciously. Italian-style Pickled Eggplant Makes about 3 to … …click to read more…

Salting is an easy way to ferment, pickle, and store vegetables

Salting is an old-fashioned fermenting or curing method for preserving vegetables. This technique was a popular food preservation method in the early twentieth century, especially during the first and second World Wars. Layering food with salt to preserve seasonal vegetables was promoted as an alternative to canning in order to conserve glass, metal, and fuel needed for the war effort. … …click to read more…

How to make roasted red pepper relish (Ajvar)

This smoked pepper and eggplant relish, known as ajvar (pronounced EYE-vahr) is a salsa-like staple in southeast European countries including Croatia, Serbia, and Turkey. There are several styles of ajvar, some using red and others using green peppers. Some recipes simply chop and boil the vegetables, while others roast the peppers to bring out spectacular flavor. This recipe uses roasted sweet … …click to read more…

How to make Indian-style grilled and pickled eggplant

This grilled and pickled eggplant is spicy and well flavored with ginger, garlic, and spices typically used in Indian cooking: cumin, mustard, fenugreek, and turmeric. I find the flavors quite addicting. This eggplant pickle makes a delicious accompaniment to chicken or lamb dishes, or alongside a vegetarian meal of grains and vegetables. If you have no eggplant, use any firm zucchini or … …click to read more…

How to pickle sweet or hot pepper rings (jalapeno, peperoncino, etc.)

Pickled peppers have a multitude of uses. Pickled pepper rings can go on sandwiches, burgers, and tacos. Sprinkle them over salads or chop them with onion and add to mayonnaise for a quick tartar sauce. Serve them with vegetarian meals (such as rice and beans) to add interest to grain dishes. Or serve them with smoked fish or cheese on … …click to read more…

Recipe for brandied peaches (rumtopf)

A rumtopf is a German tradition that layers fruit with rum and sugar. The traditional recipe uses a mixture of fruit, beginning with berries and cherries in spring or early summer and ending with stone fruits like peaches and apricots in early fall. Left to marinate until December, the rumtopf is consumed during the Christmas and New Year holidays. This … …click to read more…

Salted cauliflower, peas, or green beans in brine without fermenting

Salted cauliflower retains the flavor, texture, and nutrition of the fresh vegetable. Of course, it becomes very salty. However, many people familiar with salted vegetables consider them to be superior to either canned or frozen vegetables. Salted Cauliflower (food preservation technique) Makes 2-3 cups Ingredients: 3 to 4 cups (1 pound) cauliflower florets (about 1 medium head) 1/3 cup (3.2 … …click to read more…

Make delicious limoncello liqueur using rhubarb or fruits

The intensely flavored Italian limoncello liqueur recipe is made in Sorrento from lemons. However, the recipe adapts to many other fruits, such as strawberry and cherry, as well as rhubarb. All of these liqueurs are easily homemade in the same way as limoncello. First, you simply soak chopped fruit in vodka. Then, make a simple syrup (see easy recipe below) … …click to read more…

Lightly fermented Latin-style pickled Cole slaw

This zesty cole slaw is a Latin style cabbage salad found all through Latin America. There are many delicious variations ranging from tangy to spicy and mild to hot. They go by names such as curtido (El Salvadoran) and pikliz (Haitian). Latin-style Cole Slaw Recipe Makes about 4 cups Ingredients 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about ½ medium head) 1 … …click to read more…

10 refreshing, easy pickling recipes for spring and early summer

Many of these easy pickling recipes make refreshing accompaniments for grilled and barbecued foods, or add a crunchy bite to burgers and sandwiches. They feature common (and a few unusual) vegetables and fruits found in spring and early summer home gardens and farmers’ markets. The techniques and flavors represent pickling ideas from around the globe. The word “pickles” to most … …click to read more…

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