This kid-friendly pickle recipe is simple, earthy-friendly, and so yummy-crunchy. ~ by Serena Ball, MS, RD
This pickle recipe is so simple, it’s not really even a recipe.
Here’s what you do for 1-Step, No-Cook Pickles:
- Once you eat the last pickle out of a jar of purchased (or home-canned) pickles, don’t toss the brine or jar!
- Add washed and sliced fresh veggies to the jar and let “pickle” in the refrigerator a few hours or overnight.
- Eat and enjoy!
Now, before you say “Duh!” Let me expand upon why my elderly neighbor who introduced me to this concept was BRILLIANT:
- A few vegetables my kids won’t eat – like cucumbers – will disappear after becoming ‘fresh pickles.’ My kids like the milder “pickle juice” flavor on the crunchy veggies; plus being able to eat pickle after pickle straight out of the jar is pretty fun – especially on a picnic! (See yesterday’s picnic pickles post!)
- For pickle-loving folks who want to cut down on sodium, these are a good option. I’ll confess, I do not know how much sodium is in a serving. But since these fresh pickles aren’t heated (as regular pickles to absorb the maximum amount of salty brine,) the sodium is probably much less than the 220 mg of sodium found in only 4 dill pickle chips. I would guess it’s less than half the amount.
- The ultimate use-and-re-use recipe. It’s a trendy concept these days – and tasty in this case. Plus, if you can your own beets, pickles or peppers, you can used the brine once (or twice) more before dumping your hard work down the drain.
Now before you start hunting for an old pickle jar in the back of your fridge, keep these tips in mind:
- For the best tasting pickles, use a fairly recently opened jar.
- Thoroughly wash and scrub all veggies before adding to a jar.
- Try fresh carrots, zucchini, radishes, bell peppers, beets, kolrabi, or cucumbers – All of are yummy and crunchy in dill, sweet, bread & butter pickle brine, or ginger spice.
- For food safety reasons, consume the ‘fresh’ pickles within a day or two.
Please come back to visit us all this week for more PICNIC WEEK recipes and tips.
Have you ever heard of this ‘fresh’ pickle trick? Would you try it – let us know!