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Refrigerator pickled vegetables

I recently learned how to make quick refrigerator pickles from my greek friend Peggy. Now I’m obsessed! They’re so super quick and easy, deliciously crunchy and spicy. Try pickled onions on burgers, in salads, gourmet sandwiches, next to grilled meats… Or how about pickled beans in a spicy bloody mary (or Ceasar for my Canadian friends!). And pickled jalapenos on fish tacos, picked cauliflower on a cheese and charcuterie platter – well, they just make everything better!
pickled veg

Ingredients for pickled onions, beans, asparagus or cauliflower

1-2 red onions, cauliflower, green beans or asparagus
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 to 1 cup apple cider vinegar, or as needed to fill your jar (I prefer white vinegar for beans, asparagus and cauliflower)
1/2 tsp pickling spices (you can make your own with peppercorns, mustard seed, coriander seed, bay leaf, chili pepper- experiment with the tastes that you enjoy)

Ingredients for pickled jalapenos

Kalapenos
2 cloves garlic, sliced or smashed
2 tsp coarse salt
1-3 tblsp sugar (higher quantity of sugar will lessen the heat of jalapenos)
3/4 – 1 cup white vinegar
2 thai chili peppers (if you like additional spice)
1/2 tsp pickling spices (see note above)

Preparation instructions

Prepare vegetables- for onion and jalapenos, slice into thin slices
For beans, trim into lengths that will fit into your jar
For cauliflower, trim into small florets
Wash prepared vegetables with hot water from the kettle, dry on a paper towel
Add all spices to the bottom of a clean 8oz jar
Add 1/4″ of the vinegar and stir until dissolved
Pack vegetables tightly into jar.
Pour remaining vinegar over top, push veggies down father, and top up, leaving a little at the top.
Screw top on and label. Keep refrigerated. These will be ready to eat in a day or two.
Eat within two months. Don’t leave these out on the counter for long periods of time- they are not sterilized, so treat them accordingly!
Tip: don’t use metal when preparing these- it doesn’t get along well with vinegar!
Tip: Change up the flavor by adding fresh thyme, dill, ginger, turmeric- whatever you like!

Pickled Eggs

Ingredient list

2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup of sweet pickle juice ( if you have it)
1 Tblsp. pickling spice
1 clove garlic
2 Tblsp. sugar
1 doz. eggs
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
Instructions

Eggs that are a week old peel much better than fresh!!Bring your eggs to a boil,take off heat, cover, let stand for 20 min. Cool under cold running water and peel shells.Bring ingredients to a boil, simmer 5 min. Let cool a little then pour over eggs in jar and cover, refrigerate for 2–3 days. Enjoy!!!

Old time popcorn balls

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

20 c. popped popcorn (about 1 c. unpopped)
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Put popcorn i a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 300° oven. Butter the sides of a 2-qt saucepan. In it combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook to 270° (soft-crack stage), stirring frequently (mixture should boil gently over entire surface). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Slowly pour mixture over hot popcorn. Stir just till mixed. Shape with buttered hands into 2 1/2 to 3 inch balls.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

24-hour fruit salad

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp butter or margarine
Dash of salt

Preparation instructions

Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tbsp syrup. To make custard, in a heavy small sauce pan combing reserved pineapple syrup, egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, butter or margarine, and salt. Cook and stir over low heat about 6 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly and coats a metal spoon.
Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl combine pineapple chunks, cherries, oranges, and marshmallows. Pour custard over, stir gently. Beat the whipping cream till soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into fruit mixture. Turn into a serving bowl. Cover and chill 24 hours or overnight.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Finnish pasty

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

Pasty Dough:
1 tsp salt
3 c. flour
1 c. shortening
1 egg
1 tbsp vinegar
water

Preparation instructions

Pasty Dough:
Combine salt and flour; cut in shortening. Place egg and vinegar into a measuring cup; add water to fill to 1 cup.
Blend dry and liquid ingredients until a soft dough is formed. Add additional flour if dough is too soft. Divide dough into 6 parts and roll into six individual circles.
Filling:
Combine vewgetables and beef; season to taste. Divide filling onto the six circles, placing the filling on half of each circle. Brush the edge of each circle with water and fold half the circle over the filling. Crimp the edges to seal well. Do not prick. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake @ 375° for 1 hour.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Watermelon pickles

from karen a.’s book, Underwood, MN

Ingredients

Peel and cut rind in cubes: sprinkle with 1/4 cup salt and enough cold water to cover. Let stand several hours or overnight. Drain. Cook until tender in the following syrup:
3 cups water 1 cup vinegar drain thoroughly. put cooked cubes into a syrup made from 2 cups sugar 2 cups water and 2 cups vinegar.
bring all to a boil and set aside overnight. In the morning, drain off syrup and add to it 4 more cups sugar and 3 drops oil of cinnamon and 2 drops oil of cloves. Add cubes and bring to a boil, Pour into a crock and let stand overnight. Drain. Scald syrup and pour over cubes for 3 successive mornings. Seal in sterrilized jars.

Submitted by: karen a

Deviled eggs

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

6 hard-cooked eggs
1/4 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp prepared mustard

Preparation instructions

Halve hard cooked eggs lengthwise; remove yolds and mash with a fork. Stir in mayonnaise, vinegar, mustartd, and 1/8 tsp salt. Stuff egg whites with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika or parsley, if desired.

Italian-style Deviled Eggs:
Prepare deviled Eggs as above, except omit mayonnase, vinegar, and mustard. Add 3 Tbsp creamy italian salad dressing to mashed yolks. Stuff egg whites with yold mixture.

Submitted by: Jennifer L