Pickled Oyster Mushrooms- Putting Up with ErinPickled Oyster Mushrooms- Putting Up with Erin

Three times in the past two weeks I’ve been approached with the same type of proposition: “Hey Erin, I have X-amount of X-item… you can pickle that, right?” “Sure, unload your time sensitive goods on me and I’ll figure it out…”. The weekend before last, we ran into a friend downtown who had stumbled upon a ton of local wild oyster mushrooms (apparently it’s that time of the year). “Someone told me the best way to preserve mushrooms is to pickle them, so I’m looking for a pickler…” Local mushrooms foraged by a friend that need pickling? Heck yes, we’ll do it! Be we, I mean the beau. Aside from the occasional advice in making sure he didn’t put up botulism in a jar (“mmm, that sounds good. I’ll have that”), my only role in this here mushroom pickle was supervisor’ess. In need of inspiration, the internet was consulted and the recipe by Marisa from Food in Jars featured on In a Pickle was the winner. While our tasked bounty of fresh mushrooms only produced ~2 half pints of pickles, the byproduct was a flavor filled mushroom stock that we used in a soup later that evening.

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Pickled Edamame-Putting Up with ErinPickled Edamame- Putting Up with Erin

Happy Easter! Or happy “I forgot that every shop and city building that I needed to get to 4 days before my move was closed” holiday. Earlier this week while digging for a last minute recipe I remembered the 4 pound bag of frozen edamame in the freezer… yahtzee, pickled edamame! Finding all of the necessary ingredients in Baltimore city without a car, on a short budget and notice proved to be quite an ordeal. I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to find everything I needed at the large box grocery, so instead I found myself at the local asian market, which in itself was an adventure. After about 30 minutes of translating from English to Chinese, 3 times of checking out, and a random assortment of unnecessary “oh you must also try this” I finally found everything I needed for less than $11. Modified from the Humble Pie, this Putting Up with Friends edition is brought to you from a yoga friend’s amazingly beautiful, colorful, and spacious kitchen in Hamilton. Ever since I saw this kitchen, I knew I had to find a way to spread the love of vinegar (and soy sauce) all over it…

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