These pickled radishes are good. I mean, I expected them to be good, but I didn't expect them to be this good!
Thanks to my weekly farm haul, I had a bunch of Easter Egg radishes in dire need of consumption.
Raw radishes are too much for me to eat in bulk, so I decided to give pickled radishes a shot before they all withered into magenta-colored shrunken heads.
It was a great choice on my part, for sure. Pickled radishes are the kind of salty snack I'm likely to go for in moments of boredom & salt munchies.
Plus, they're so darn purty...
My roommates are comedians.
Yogurt is incredibly easy to make. There's really no reason to buy yogurt in those plastic cartons - especially when you have a source of free milk!
I know most folks aren't as lucky as I am in the free-milk arena, but free milk happens.
First, Morgan worked at a local community organization which had a surplus of free food - much of this food came to me, including gallons of milk!
Lately, my roommates have been in and out of town, leaving me with soon-to-expire milk.
My thoughts on this? 1. Excellent. 2. Yogurt! 3. Most excellent.
And the best part is, you can make yogurt too!
photo via: Food.com - my process wasn't quite that pretty
I had a summer CSA share and got pounds of green beans at a time. I don't particularly like green beans fresh, but I found that pickling transformed the excess into a tasty snack. This was back in September, but I still have a jar left (talk about self-restraint!)
I used a recipe from Back to Basics
, and took over half my communal kitchen for the pickling/canning process. My roommates weren't too happy (I picked a potluck night for my experiment), but it was worth it.The process seemed complicated at first, but it's actually pretty simple, and you can do this with any kind of veggie you like
.Short Version, for the simply curious
* steps 5-7 aren't really necessary if you're going to eat the beans right away (i.e. within a month)So, it's slightly more detail-specific than that, so here's the real recipe, for those who want to do it themselves.
- Wash beans & jar.
- Pack beans and spices in the jar.
- Boil a vinegar/water mix with salt.
- Pour hot vinegar mix over beans, and close the jar.
- Submerge jar under water and boil for a while.
- Remove jar from water bath & wait for it to cool.
- Note the satisfactory lid suction when it's fully cooled, and then store it away!
My first homemaking project was pickling - dilly beans, or pickled green beans.