Monday, July 26, 2010

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

If you were to open up my refrigerator right now, you would probably find at least 6 different jars of veggies in various stages of pickling.  I adore pickling.  Love it with a passion.  There is no quicker or easier way to preserve vegetables.  When my CSA overloads me with something, I invariably slice it up, blanch if needed, make a quick pickling brine, put the veggies in a jar, pour the brine over them, and store in the fridge.  Now, the veggies that I was under the gun to eat in a week or two can now sit for a month or two in my fridge and be eaten at leisure. 

But even with all this pickling going on, I still find the need for a quick pickle every now and then for a super fast side dish.  Enter Mark Bittman and his Quick Pickled Vegetables from How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food.  I used cucumbers for this and they came out delightfully crisp, a little salty, a little sweet.  This will be my go-to quick pickle from now on!

Quick Pickled Vegetables

  • 1 pound cucumber, zucchini, summer squash, or eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 teaspoons any vinegar

Wash the vegetables, peel if you’d like and thinly slice (a mandoline is recommended, but I just used my mad knife skills).  Place them in a colander and salt them, toss them and sort of rub the salt in and over all of them.

Let them sit for 15-30 minutes, tossing and squeezing every few minutes.  When they stop oozing liquid, rinse them well in cold water and place in a bowl. 

Toss them with the sugar, dill and vinegar, and serve immediately, this does not keep well.

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29 comments:

Joanne said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I've been looking for a good pickle recipe...and a quick pickle is even better!

a good yarn said...

The humble cucumber transformed!

lostpastremembered said...

You know Pam, I love pickles and this is a great way to get that perfect crunch without all the fuss of canning. Thanks for sharing!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love cucumber pickles, but I can't seem to grow dill in my garden, and I can never find beautiful cukes AND dill at the farm stand at the same time. Nice to have a recipe on hand that can use dried dill. It's not my first choice, but sometimes, a girl just has to have a pickle....

Debbie said...

I have a bunch of cucumbers that I need to do something with, this is great.....they will bre great with sandwiches.

Cathy said...

Pickles don't get any easier than this. I think I'll use some rice wine vinegar.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pam, That looks easy---and I'll bet they are really good... Thanks for the recipe.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sandi said...

that looks great.....do they taste like half sour pickles?

Mags said...

Nice quick pickle recipe and a great way to use up the mounding pile of cucumbers on my counter!

Kim said...

I made this pickle recipe awhile back and it was my very favorite too! My mom and I ate the whole bowl in one setting:)

Bonnie said...

I make these and put them in rice wine vinegar diluted with a little water (about 3/1). The rice vinegar is a little sweet so I don't add any sugar. They keep for weeks. When the cukes are gone you can use the solution for more batches for about 3 weeks. So good and pretty good for you!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm on the hunt for a spicy pikling recipe for beans and veggies....my husband needs his fix - lol.

I'll show him this one, Pam.

CherylK said...

My husband loves cucumbers in vinegar with just a little pepper but they're a little too tart for me. I think I'd like this, though. I'm going to make this for our next cookout...thanks for mentioning that it isn't a good keeper, though. I'll make it just before we need it.

Pam said...

Thanks for reminding me to do this... my kids love anything pickled.

Marjie said...

In my house, nothing languishes long enough to need to be a pickle. So I'm happy to admire yours.

hip-chick said...

Yum. that sounds good. I don't like a lot of pickled things. I like them if they are nice and fresh though.

Barbara said...

Honestly, Pam, how DO you get those photos of Smudge??

Loving the simple pickled cucumber recipe....

Cristie said...

Wonderful looking cucumbers. I've always loved pickled things as well and look forward to doing a lot of serious pickiling this summer.

grace said...

pam's a pickler. pickle-y pam. i've heard a little pickling lime makes the crunch really stand out--worth a try, no? :)

gibknitty said...

we've been getting tons of cukes from our CSA this year. i usually make a spicy salad with rice vinegar. yours looks great!

Marilynne said...

I never knew how to make this. My mom would tell me it's easy, you just do this and that. Thanks for making a printable instruction. Now to find the cucumbers.

Debinhawaii said...

Yum! I need to do more pickling--I love them too. This is a great pick for raw foods week. ;-)

Jhonny walker said...

i love pickling stuff :) this looks gorgeous :)

debbie T said...

I'm getting overloaded with veggies from my CSA, I will need to try pickling them. I remember my gramma used to pickle back in the day. I just love dill!! Thank you for the recipe!

Squeaky Gourmet said...

Another easy summer favorite!

Chris said...

These are easy and would go great with a lot of things. First thing that comes to mind would be some Greek or Turkish kabobs. Yum!

Kevin said...

I have really been into quick pickles this summer and these ones sound great!

Joanna said...

Ooh, I almost made these last week! I have a few cucumbers lying around, so now I just have to do it!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

That pickle looks gorgeous - really, fresh, crisp and light - I can imagine those with beautiful fresh brown bread. Yum!
Sue