|Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles|
Raising the Bar on food in a jar is the Recipe Redux theme for August.
I have an abundance of zucchini. I only planted one zucchini plant in my own vegetable garden, but also get zucchini in my weekly CSA package. So when I learned about the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux, I decided to make zucchini pickles.
I did some web surfing and came across a recipe from McCormick for refrigerator bread and butter pickles. I started with this recipe for my inspiration because it seemed easier than “traditional” pickle recipes. You simply put thinly sliced cucumbers (zucchini in my case) in a canning jar, heat a mixture of white vinegar, sugar and spices and pour it over the cuke slices. Then you put the jar in the refrigerator and shake it once a day for 3 to 5 days. No real canning involved. However, this means the jar must be kept refrigerated, but it is good for up to 2 months.
Here are photos of the preparation
|Preparation of Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles|
I was very pleased with the way the zucchini pickles came out. A new way to enjoy zucchini!
Here is the complete recipe:
Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles
2 pounds zucchini, trimmed
2/3 cup agave syrup or honey
3 cups distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp mixed pickling spice
2 tsp mustard seed
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp dried dill weed
Using mandolin or knife, carefully slice zucchini into 1/16th-inch slices. Divide sliced zucchini equally between two clean quart size canning jars. Mix remaining ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour vinegar mixture over zucchini in jars, leaving at least 1/4-inch headspace. Let cool. Screw on metal lids and shake to distribute contents. Refrigerate pickles. Shake jars once a day for 3 to 5 days to redistribute seasonings. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Nutrition Information per Serving (1/16th of recipe):
Cost per Serving: $0.39
Pricing Note: all ingredients were at “regular” prices.
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Be sure to check out these other canned favorites from fellow Recipe Reduxers.