Horseradish Pickled Eggs- Putting Up with ErinHorseradish Pickled Eggs- Putting Up with Erin

“I’ve never before seen a non-restaurant person buy this much horseradish”, exclaimed the wide eyed sales associate right before I almost purchased 3lbs of fresh horseradish root at the local grocer this past Saturday. Who knew the pickled pink stuff at sushi restaurants wasn’t horseradish? This girl. With all the horseradish, wasabi, ginger, and sake overloading my palate, I apparently came to confuse pickled horseradish and pickled ginger. Thanks for the save grocery boy! And wow, is fresh horseradish smelly as hell.

At it again with pickled eggs from Feathered Pigs Farm, I decided to mix it up and go for a lighter herb’ie rendition this time. Dill, peppercorns, mustard, and horseradish paired with 2 dozen backyard eggs adds up to perfect horseradish pickled eggs. Plus, after several glasses of wine, the pickle costume even made an appearance. 🙂

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Dill Pickled Carrots and Green Beans-Putting Up with ErinDill Pickled Carrots and Green Beans-Putting Up with Erin

Happy Spring my fellow picklers/canners/jammers!! My first day of Spring, also National Happiness Day (!!), was all over the place: I woke up with the taste of Cool Ranch Durritos in my mouth, drank crappy hotel coffee, gave a 25min presentation, left Bartlett, NH, drove plenty out of the way to see America’s largest glacial boulder, listened to loud pop music while driving around New Hampshire, met up with some great friends, drank great beer, and checked out a new art gallery space in Portsmouth. The huge grin across my face while falling asleep Friday night was silly stupid. I know I haven’t been oh-so present lately, but do know that I’ve been keeping plenty busy and having tons of fun in other aspects of my life. How did all of you spend your first day of Spring? Looking forward to shorts and flip flop weather? Me too, though people keep reassuring me that “winter” is not quite over here in the North East…

I picked up these perfect little carrots from the Heron Pond Farm market stand and was in need of an alternative pickle option different from all of the other spicy carrots that I’ve put up in the past. I suspect the flavor and crunch of these dill pickled carrots and green beans will be fresh, spicy, and perfect for the March Seacoast Food Swap next Tuesday. Enjoy these pickled spears with crackers, cheese, and meats, or use them as a garnish to any spicy dill dirty martini rendition. Yum!

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Pickled Colorful Cauliflower- Putting Up with ErinPickled Colorful Cauliflower- Putting Up with Erin

I bring you this blog post from the passenger seat driving to the South Berwick farmer’s market to get more parsnips. I had originally planned on making this weekend’s recipe pickled parsnips, but apparently when you let organic veggies sit for a week in the crisper they spoil. So… back to the market we go (turns out that I didn’t find parsnips after all).

So what’s the deal with colorful cauliflower anyway? Of the many different varieties of cauliflower, the color in purple and orange cauliflower has different sources. The purple color comes from the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red cabbage and red wine. The orange comes from a genetic mutation that gives the veggie more beta carotene. Orange cauliflower also holds 25% more vitamin A than the regular white cauliflower you find in the grocery store. Albeit, the anthocyanin in the purple bunch turned the final pickle product a brilliant reddish hue, the color is undeniably pretty. Enjoy this colorful dill and red pepper cauliflower pickle as part of your favorite pickle assortment, serve it at a pickle party (my plan), or add it to any salad in need of a colorful kick.

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Pickled Root Veggies- Putting Up with ErinPickled Root Veggies- Putting Up with Erin

Thankfully I can finally say it, “the holidays are over”! I had a rather low key holiday. I decided to stay home as Thanksgiving was a bit hectic this year, and a break from everyone and everything was exactly what the “doctor” ordered. I considered getting out for a bike ride or hike on the beautiful (50F) day, but instead found myself drinking and pickling these here root veggies. So… how did everyone fare? Get any pickling books, gadgets, appliances? I received a couple more pieces to add to my already excessive Le Creuset collection (thanks mom).

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been slacking on pickle recipes and have been focusing my attention on jellies, chutneys, and mustard recipes instead. To be honest, with the exception of carrots, it’s hard to get excited about pickling turnips and other brownish root veggies. When I came across a pre-packaged mixture of local, no-spray root veggies from Garens Greens at Riverside Farm, I was instantly reminded of my summer-time jardiniere and figured because carrots, turnips, and radishes are amazing as pickles à solo, a winter “melange” à trois would likely be equally as awesome. Including beets to the mix seemed like an obvious addition here, but I decided to leave them out as I wasn’t trying to discolor the final product.

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Dill Pickle Relish- Putting Up with Erin

Has anyone else ever wondered why the US relish market is dominated by sweet cucumber relish?! Ever googled relish recipes only to find that every search result comes back with the word sweet in the title!? For the love of pickles, why must we insist on adulterating the perfect flavor of fresh cucumbers with sugar? I understand that the sweet and tangy flavor of the classic relish tastes great atop a hot dog or hamburger patty, but seriously… move over Heinz, Vlasic, and Claussen, make way for dill pickle relish! OK, enough of my sweet pickle ranting. If my disdain for sweet pickles isn’t obvious by now, you clearly don’t know me at all and we apparently need to work on our communication skills…

If you haven’t yet noticed, it’s cucumber season: that lovely time of year when farmers and gardeners alike harvest cucumbers of all shapes and sizes (often the size of small babies). Still in need of something to swap at the August Seacoast Food Swap, I figured that I’d switch up my pickle game and try making a dill pickle relish. Modified from Solid Gold Eats‘ dill cucumber relish recipe, I’m quite pleased with the outcome (12 half pints… oh man) of this relish.

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