I was reading some vegan blogs last night and came across these recipes for pickling that can be done just by using a few simple ingredients and by leaving these jars in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks. I decided to give it a shot! I have no idea how these are going to turn out as I have to wait at least two weeks before consuming anything, so hopefully the flavors develop nicely! I will come back in a couple of weeks and post about how good (or bad) it ended up tasting. Everything looks great so far so I can't imagine this going wrong!
I bought some mason jars at the grocery store. For the dill pickles, here is the recipe:
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
1 cucumber or 2-3 pickling cucumbers (I used 6 baby cucumbers sliced in half)
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
few sprigs fresh dill
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp pickling spices (I bought a pre-made one)
pinch red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, lightly crushed (I used several)
1 tbsp sugar
(I also added a few hot peppers, sliced in half, for extra heat)
Chop the cucumbers into spears, slice the majority of seeds off if you have cucumbers with lots of seeds. Put all of the ingredients except the dill, cucumber, garlic, and hot peppers into a jar; cover and shake. Put the cucumber, garlic, hot pepper and dill into the jar. Top with water if necessary to cover the cucumbers. Refrigerate for at least 10-14 days before consuming.
I also made these pickled green beans following a very similar method.
Spicy Pickled Green Beans
1 lb green beans, trimmed
1 jalapeno (I used a few smaller hot peppers from the garden)
few sprigs of fresh dill
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp red chili flakes
1 small clove garlic, lightly crushed (I used several)
For extra spicy beans, make a cut in the jalapeno. I cut all of the peppers in half for maximum heat! Add all of the ingredients to a large jar, topping off with water if necessary to cover the beans. Refrigerate for 3 weeks before consuming.
I'll post back and let everyone know how these recipes ended up turning out. If you have tried something similar with great success, please feel free to comment below!