What are you doing with your down time? Some quarantines are lifting now, and life might start to speed up a bit, but for the last while, like most of you, I've been staying home.
And making refrigerator pickles! Okay, maybe I'm alone in the pickle-making, but there have been a lot of pickles happening in the Johns home. Because why not? It’s a great quarantine activity, only takes 24 hours, and at the end, you have the most delicious pickles you have tasted in your life.
Seriously! They’re that good–and very simple!
First of all, these are the ingredients I used:
Small cucumbers, quartered
Pickling salt–2 heaping tablespoons
Pickling spices (I just bought a package of them already mixed. Easier than trying to recreate it.)–2 heaping tablespoons
Hot pepper flakes–just a pinch
White sugar–1 teaspoon
5 or 6 garlic cloves smashed
Lemon juice–1 cup
So first of all, I put everything into a small pot, stirred it up, and put it on the heat. Once it started to boil, I took it off the heat and let it cool down. This is the brine.
Then I put the brine over the quartered cucumbers, sealed it in a Tupperware container and stuck it in the fridge for 24 hours.
And here they are finished! DELICIOUS! Tasty, garlicky, and just so good.
So this is what I’m up to, getting back to some simpler cooking, and writing books!
Have you been trying your hand anything new while staying at home? I'd love to hear about it!
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