And unlike some food trends that are easy to tire of, I still love pickles. As a home cook, I started pickling not long after I moved to Jackson.
Where I am from, the growing season is longer, so the rush to put away fresh produce wasn’t such as dire. Here, you average only a few weeks per item. Peas come and go almost as quickly as you can shell them. Corn and tomatoes, don’t bother blinking. And cucumbers, zucchini, and squash: Get them in the jars as quickly as you can!
Every year I have my regular pickles that I put away. Thirty pounds of cucumbers (all spicy dill), golden and red beets, and carrots, generally among a few other experiments.
During the winter fresh food drought, I give away pickles as gifts, bring them to dinner parties and use them on almost every salad I make. Every time I open a jar I am thankful for the hours I spent making them all summer.
This year I decided to experiment a bit. The carrots I have put away in the past have tended to be my least favorite pickled carrots. I don’t think I like the way I cut them and they lacked flavor. So, I decided to branch out on how I prepared my pickled carrots this year. Out of nowhere, at the farmers market, I decided on curried carrots.
I researched a few recipes to find a starting point. And the big adjustment I made to my carrots this year was how I cut them. In my salads, I often take those beautiful multi-colored carrots and shave them in with the lettuce. They look pretty that way and are easier to eat. I thought they would be pretty pickled this way, too.
This recipe didn’t take me long to make and yielded five pint jars and a little left over to taste, which I did. They are delicious, and I will for sure make one more round before the short growing season is over. These are delicious alone but would be an amazing topping to a bowl of curry, as a side dish for meat or just thrown into a salad as well.
If you haven’t yet picked up the pickling bug, I suggest you start with these. They didn’t take me too long to prepare (about an hour and a half), and they are really special and unique. I am not sure how long these jars will last around my house as I already want to bust them open.