As summer’s produce harvest peaks, it’s time to find ways to preserve the bounty for the long winter days ahead. Pickling, which can be done to vegetables and fruits, is a great way to do this.
Whether you’re new to the pickling process or a veteran, you’re invited to take part in a pickling party on August 10. Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef is throwing a Pickling Party on Twitter and Facebook and across the blogosphere, and everyone is invited to join.
To participate, simply write up what you’re preserving in brine and/or take a photo of it. Share that post or photo on Twitter (use #pickleparty to tag it) or on the Pickling Party event page on Facebook. It’s that simple!
This will be the second such event this summer. In early July, Shauna threw a virtual Pie Party, a chance for blog readers, and Twitter and Facebook users around the world to showcase pies they had made. That event led to thousands of pie posts, Tweets and status updates all over the web, and this event is expected to repeat the fun.
If you’ve never pickled before, there are plenty of ideas out there to help you get started. Punk Domestics has tons of recipes and guides to proper pickling technique available, and most state agricultural extension services offer their own guides.
If you need some last-minute pickling ideas, here are some unusual recipes worth a try:
- Pickled brussels sprouts from The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
- Sea bean pickles and spicy okra pickles from The Year In Food
- Unfancy pickled jalapeño peppers from Food In Jars
- Asparagus pickles with tarragon from Married With Dinner
- Spicy pickled cherries from Put Up or Shut Up
Are you planning to participate in the Pickling Party? What are you pickling this summer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Image Credit: Photo by ccarlstead on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license
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