The word pickle is one of my favorite. In a pickle, my little pickle - phrases I love.
I decided I'd try an experiment. Make some. I I took a look round the world wide web and happened upon a few interesting and fun websites. I opened up Wild Fermentation but I'm not ready for lacto-fermentation yet. (If you are and/or have, please share your wisdom and experience!) I found a simple recipe here and modified it.
Here is what happened, follow along if you'd like.
Take a nice fresh cuke. Slice it up. Take 2 tbs salt. I like the pink kind. Mix it with a cup of apple cider vinegar. [wpvideo 9qiQEf2d] Until the salt dissolves. Bring to a boil. Meanwhile, mix up seasoning. I used a tsp each of whole mustard seed, peppercorn, and fennel, plus a big pinch of red chili flakes. Slide the cucumber slices into a mason jar, because sliding then in while the jar is laying on its side is easier. Take some garlic. Smash it up. Put the spices and garlic in the jar. Pour the brine over the pickles to be. Seal the jar.
Place in the fridge and enjoy this week!