My mom has been making these quick pickles for a number of years now. They’re really good and a great way to use up extra zucchini. Aaron, a self-professed hater of store-bought pickles, enjoys these. Audrey was so excited when we harvested the first zucchini of the season. She begged me to make pickles so I called up my Mom and got her recipe. I thought I’d share it with you. Well, share my variation anyways. I have the hardest time following a recipe exactly. I always feel compelled to substitute in other ingredients. But they’re basically the same as my mom’s. And really good with fried eggs. Or mixed into a salmon salad. Or…well, they’re good with just about anything savory.
They’re a slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly sour pickle with a gorgeous color and crunchy, soft texture. I generally dislike sweet pickles and relishes but these I polish off in no time. They keep up to 3 months in the fridge, no canning required. But I suspect you’ll finish them long before that.
1 lb zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium onion (we used a few small, fresh onions from the garden), thinly sliced
2 Tbs sea salt
2 cups apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
3/4 cup honey
1.5 tsp dry, yellow mustard
1.5 tsp lightly crushed, yellow mustard seeds or 1 tsp black mustard seeds
scant 1 tsp turmeric
1. Combine zucchini and onion in a bowl. Add the salt and stir. Add 3-4 ice cubes and enough water to cover. Stir until salt dissolves. Let stand at room temperature until soft. Drain the vegetables. Dry them by squeezing lightly in a dish towel and place into two sterilized quart jars.
2. Combine spices, vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer three minutes. Remove from heat and let cool until warm to the touch.
3. Pour the brine over the vegetables. Cap the jars tightly. I like to put a layer of parchment paper between the jar and the lid to help prevent the lid from corroding. Refrigerate 1-2 days before eating. Keeps up to three months, refrigerated.
Have any great recipes for preserving extra garden bounty? Do share.