Quick Pickles – Making Meals at Home Lively

IMG_3434-privateI’m smitten.  It’s Liana Krissoff and her addictive book Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry.  If you have ever been drawn to Mason jars, you must check out this book!

One tidbit in the book is a super easy, no hot water-bath canning needed, recipe for Indonesian Quick Pickle, or ‘Achar Segar.’  It’s so simple that kids can help and it only takes about 10 min.  What I love about the quick pickle is that it is something that you can put out with a simple meal like grilled cheese or leftovers, and it makes everything more perky.  My husband has taken them to work with his leftovers as well.  Many cultures have a recipe along these lines – such as escabeche in Mexican cuisine.

The original recipe called for shallots, sliced lengthwise.  To me, they are too powerful.  Try a Vidalia onion, snap peas, maybe even cauliflower florets.

Indonesian Quick Pickle from Canning for a New Generation

1 cucumber, julienned (I use an English cuke)

1 carrot, peeled and julienned

Shallots, snap peas, Vidalia onion, cauliflower florets, sliced

4 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

3/4 cup distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)

In a measuring cup or bowl, combine the sugar, salt, vinegar, and 1 1/2 cups warm water and stir until everything is dissolved.  Pack vegetables in your jar and pour the solution over them.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  This will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.  Makes 1 quart.

4 thoughts on “Quick Pickles – Making Meals at Home Lively

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    Hey There Healthfulsave,
    Cool Post, I’m hungry and i want to try somethin delicous and new what I have at home is
    ravioli green beans milk mac n cheese cream cheese burritos black olives brownies cheese eggs prettyuch the basic junk crackers tortilla chips bananas grapes tomatos peanuts oatmeal cup o noodles jello singles hambuger helper chilli with beans bread crumbs chow mein noodles pop tarts cheerios honew bunches of oats mashed potatoes regular potatoes brownies progreso soups aple sauce refried beans pistachios hot dogs pickles mushrums mayo mustard black berries spinach leaves butter a bunch of salad dressings garlic hard salami

    Any thing I can make that’s good and fast not like a full meal or anything but a decent sized thang
    Keep up the posts!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      I would go with a spinach salad with tomato, green beans, diced salami, cheese, and anything else you like. Make your own salad night is popular at our house.

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