Pickling is back–and it's no longer your grandmother's canning. Today's pickling is all about getting quick flavor in easy ways. From mango slawsto spicy tomato relishes, McCormick tips and recipes will help you make the most of summer produce.
For quick pickling at home, no special equipment is needed and the necessary ingredients are already pantry staples. Just combine your favorite fresh summer produce with a mixture of vinegar, salt, sugar, and spices--then let it chill in the refrigerator to develop flavor.
"Quick pickling goes beyond cucumbers–you can add that signature sweet-and-sour bite and satisfying crunch to almost any vegetable or fruit, like cauliflower, radishes, peaches, and mangos," said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. "The spices you add to the brine help create a range of flavors–from a kimchi-inspired slaw with garlic, ginger, and red pepper to a Southern-style green tomato pickled relish for burgers and hot dogs."
Quick Pickling Recipes
Enjoy quick-pickled produce right out of the jar, piled onto sandwiches and burgers, chopped into salads, or mixed into entrees. Quick-pickled fruits are also tasty as a topping for waffles and ice cream.
- Easy Kimchi Slaw – A quick-pickled version of the traditional Korean dish that boasts layers of flavor and just enough heat, giving cabbage, red bell pepper, and carrots a tasty makeover. Serve this spicy slaw as a side dish or as a topping for burgers and sandwiches.
- Pickled Mango Radish Slaw – Mango, radishes, and fresh chile combine for a crunchy, sweet-and-spicy slaw that pairs perfectly with grilled shrimp, chicken, and pork.
- Rosemary Quick-Pickled Peaches and Blackberries – Rosemary accents plump summer fruits with an aromatic, refreshing note. Serve as a side dish with grilled meats or top fresh salad greens. Or, try it with waffles and vanilla ice cream.
- Spicy Pickled Green Tomato Relish – A new twist on relish, this spicier version has green tomatoes as the base. It's ideal for topping hot dogs, bratwurst, or burgers.
- Quick-Pickled Grilled Cauliflower – Charred flavor and sour brine transform cauliflower, bell pepper, and carrots into a delicious side. Serve with grilled meats.
- Asian Style Pickled Vegetables – A classic pickling spice blend combined with the mellow acidity of Asian rice vinegar creates a quick-pickling brine for mixed vegetables.
- Sweet Cucumber Chips – Easy-to-prepare sweet pickles are great for making the most of fresh summer cucumbers. Use for a crisp topping with burgers, pulled pork, and other sandwiches.
- Spicy Dill Spears – Garlic and crushed red pepper give these quick-pickled dill spears a spicy kick.
Source: McCormick & Company