Preservation season has arrived, and so has
produce with pickling potential!
This week Squirrel is going nuts over fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe and jersey mac apples from Orton’s Fruit Market! He is also stashing away goodies with pickling potential such as Rick Walker Farms cucumbers, Post Apple beets, beans and jalapenos from Live and Learn Farms, sour gherkins from Highland Farmand much more! Our Recipe Corner this week features some easy pickling recipes for
your preservation playbook.
New Producer Spotlight: Once Again
Founded in 1976, Once Againis a 100% employee-owned plant-based nut butter company. Located in Nunda, NY, they produce various nut butter spreads, tahini, crackers and more. Their mascot, Rocky, was inspired by one of four baby raccoons that appeared on the property of the nut butter factory shortly after it was established. Once Again highly values sustainability and products made with integrity, which is why they support initiatives that support organic farmers, pollinators,
food-waste reduction programs and more.
Food for Thought:
Preservation Produce Season
Have you felt the shift? As August comes along and fills out our fields and gardens, it’s time to think about bringing the abundance indoors to stash for the winter (eek, dare we even say such a word yet?) To help you determine the best order of operations for your processing list, check out the graphic from ivaluefood.com with the shelf life of common fruits/veggies just below this section.
In a previous Food for Thought column, we discussed drying and dehydrating herbs. Many other foods can be dried as well, just ask the participants of our dehydrating class in May! They would tell you that you can dehydrate many fruits and vegetables, such as apples, berries, leafy greens, and squashes. You can also dehydrate garlic, onion, and peppers to make your own powders to cook with. This is a great way to sneak veggies into the meals of your picky eaters.
For those looking for a little more zest or tang, it’s about time to break out the mason jars, oversized pots, and vinegar for a pickling-palooza. This is what our recipe corner is focusing on, so scroll just a little further for recipes and resources!
Perfect Pickling, Sans Canning
Pickling can be a lot of fun and a great way to add weeks to the lifespan of your summer produce! It is a misconception that pickling=canning, and not everyone has access to the materials required to water-bath can, so we sourced some easy overnight refrigerator recipes to make pickling more accessible to all the peoples!
First up is a classic refrigerator pickle recipe. This recipe is quite simple, so even a first-time fermenter can nail it down. With no water-bathing to worry about, these pickles can last up to two months in the fridge and the brine can be reused for other goodies. We think that beans and bell peppers would also be great substitutes if cucumbers just don’t cut it for you.
With only 6 ingredients including the jalapenos, learn to pickle this spicy pepper in a snap! We thought that the step-by-step pictures were a great visual aid as well. This recipe will also last about 2 months, but it is important to note that as the jalapenos sit in the fridge, the heat will fade a bit.
Sour Gherkins, also known as cucamelons, or “mouse melons,” are back at the market! This recipe brings together unique spices such as anise, ginger, and allspice for a different vibe than the standard garlic/dill pickling flavor profile. We think that pickling beets with this brine would also be quite yummy. The shelf-life is a bit shorter than the other recipes, lasting about 2 weeks, so eat them up right away!
Reminder: Farm to Table Dinner This Weekend!
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for this year’s Farm to Table Dinner. We are looking forward to sharing a delicious meal featuring fresh ingredients from eleven local farms, along with music and community dancing with Toppish. Just a reminder that the event is taking place from 4-7pm at Nature’s Outlet and that it will be a low-waste event, so please bring your own place setting, glass and silverware. Squirrel, Marti, and Curtis look forward to to seeing you!