Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
Quick Refrigerator Pickles
It's easier than you'd think!
Pickling Tips:

You can pickle any type of cucumber, but pickling cucumbers are smaller in size and have a thinner skin, which results in a better pickle. Find pickling cucumbers locally at Morning Glory Farm or at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market

Fresh cucumbers can be sharp! Tiny spikes grow all over the fruit, stems, and leaves. Use scissors when harvesting cucumbers to protect your hands, and wash off all the spikes under running water before eating.

Pickling isn't just for cucumbers! You can also pickle carrots, beets, and string beans.

When your jar of pickles is gone, save the jar of pickle juice and reuse it for the next batch!
​Have any old fruit and vegetables sitting in the fridge getting funky? Don't let them go to waste- use them to make vegetable prints!

Materials: Vegetables and fruits of different shapes and sizes (potatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, citrus, celery, strawberries, broccoli, kale leaves, and peas could be fun to try), paint, paper plates, and paper.

1. If you choose, cut your fruits and vegetables into interesting shapes. 
2. Pour a small amount of paint onto your paper plate. The prints will come out better if you use just a little paint, rather than covering the entire fruit.
3. Carefully dip your fruit or vegetable into the paint, then press onto the paper.
Discuss- which foods made the more interesting prints? Why do you think that is? Can you identify any parts of the plant in your prints? (Seeds, stem, leaves...) Can you arrange the prints on your paper so it resembles a meal?

More Resources

How to grow delicious cucumbers from seed

How to quick pickle any vegetable

Feeling ambitious? Here are directions for canned pickles that you can enjoy all winter long.
Recipe of the Week
Celebrate July's Harvest of the Month, Cucumbers with this refreshing summer recipe!
One quart sized jar or two pint sized jars with lids
4-5 pickling cucumbers
3 cups water
6 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons pickling salt
3 cloves garlic, peeled
6 large sprigs of fresh dill

Wash your cucumbers and cut into whatever pickle shape you prefer- coins, spears, or halves. You can also leave them whole!

Place dill and garlic in the bottom of the jar, then add the cucumbers.

In a measuring cup with a spout, mix together water, salt, and vinegar and stir until the salt dissolves. Pour over the cucumbers, filling the jar.

Replace the lid and place in the refrigerator. Pickles are ready to taste any time, but give them at least 8 hours for the best flavor. Refrigerator pickles will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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