Pickling Basics To Try With Your Kids
Do your kids like helping in the kitchen? While you obviously shouldn’t leave your toddler alone with the oven, there are plenty of easy recipes that give your kids the chance to help with chopping, mixing, counting and measuring—like this pickle recipe, for example!
If you have a couple of cucumbers and a jar, you probably have everything you need for this recipe in your kitchen already. Check out the recipe below for details, but it’s as easy as slicing your cucumbers, whisking together a brine, packing the cucumbers in a jar with your brine and optional add-ins, then leaving them alone in the fridge until they’re pickled.
You can stick with the basics by only using the base ingredients, or try combining some of the optional add-ins. If you like sweeter pickles (like bread and butter pickles), you’ll want to add more sugar. You can also try pickling other kinds of vegetables: beets, turnips, radishes, carrots, green beans, onions, cauliflower, peppers and asparagus can ALL be pickled.
Eat your delicious homemade pickles as a snack, put them on a sandwich or burger, or add them to a cheese board or salad. Makes 1 jar of pickles.
What you need:
- Wide-mouthed jar
- 2 cucumbers
- 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup rice vinegar
- 1 ½ tbsp sugar (or maple syrup)
- 1 ½ tbsp salt
- Optional add-ins: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (for heat!), 2 cloves of garlic (peeled & smashed), ½ sweet onion, sliced
What you do:
- Slice your cucumbers. You can slice them into “chips”, spears, or long slices meant for sandwiches. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes (if you’re using them). Stir for 30-60 seconds or until the salt and sugar have mostly dissolved into the liquid. Set aside.
- Place your cucumber slices into your jar. Make sure it’s tall enough that you have at least an extra inch of space on top.
- Top the cucumbers with any additional add-ins. Pour the brine over the cucumbers so they’re fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before eating.
Your kids will love pickling with you in the kitchen just as much as they love hitting the pickleball courts with you at In-Shape!