I’ve been enjoying all the farm fresh items in my Loo Loo Farms box each week. It is fun to find new ways to enjoy the ingredients.
A recent box included tri-colored carrots, cucumber, asparagus, onions, garlic, edible flowers, and fresh herbs. The beautiful range of colors at first had me thinking of a salad or grilled veggies, then I remembered how easy it is to create pickled veggies.
Basically all you need to do is mix equal parts of vinegar and water with the salt and herbs/spices (can be fresh or dried). I bring the water to a boil first to dissolve the salt and any other dried herbs/spices then mix in the water and fresh herbs. Pour the liquid over the items to pickle and wait 48 hours before enjoying. You can get very creative and make some unique pickles.
Here is what I created using mostly ingredients from my Loo Loo Farms box:
Sliced cucumbers, with sliced onions and fresh dill in a distilled vinegar/water/salt mix.
Carrot sticks with fresh oregano, coriander seeds in an apple cider vinegar/water/smoked salt mix.
Red carrot slices with ground ginger/white wine vinegar/water/sea salt. (Note the red/purple carrots color bleeds so you will want to do those in a batch without other vegetables).
Asparagus, garlic cloves, red wine vinegar/water/sea salt. I did place the asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute and then immediately placed in a ice water bath to cool the spears and keep the gorgeous green color. I would suggest doing the same for green beans and other similar vegetables.
If you have mason jars, they work great; however, since these quick pickles do not need to be canned, you can use any glass container that you have with a tight fitting lid. They are perfect after 2 days in the refrigerator and will keep for at least 2 weeks.
I enjoy them as an appetizer or afternoon snack. They certainly make a lovely presentation!
The quick pickles are also a nice addition to a salad (I especially enjoy the cucumbers in a salad with canned tuna, romaine lettuce and a little olive oil). One of my friends say they are perfect for a Blood Mary bar – I may have to try that at a future get together with friends!