It’s no secret that we like to celebrate the start of fall by planning seasonal parties to host, tailgates we can conquer and beautiful weeknight dinners we can create. But there was time when people didn’t utilize the crisp nights to throw oysters under the burlap or boil shrimp by a fire. They used the fall season to gather, hunt and store food for the upcoming cooler months.
Canning is a relatively recent development in the long history of food preservation. Humans have dried, salted and fermented foods since before recorded history. But preserving food by heat-treating and then sealing it in airtight containers didn’t come along until the late 18th century. In 1795 a reward was offered for whoever could develop a safe, reliable food preservation method for the traveling army. Fast forward to today, and I am still amazed by all the various methods of canning, smoking and preserving food items for later compulsion and sustainability. I appreciate all efforts to preserve foods and resources, especially if it honors the work and passion of those who plant, grow, raise, catch and cultivate foods for our tables.
As a self-proclaimed condiment hoarder, of course I own (or have tasted) every pickle, jam, preserve or sauce available, pickled items have become an important condiment to me and I incorporate this flavor where I can.
Basic Cold Pickle Recipe:
- Combine in a small saucepan
- ¾ C Rice Wine Vinegar
- ¼ C Water
- ¼ C Sugar
- 1 T Kosher Salt
- Heat everything to dissolve the salt and sugar
- Pour over thin-sliced cucumbers, peppers, onions or cabbage
- Cover tightly and refrigerate for a day
- Use as a condiment or snack
- Add seasoning as you wish; a bay leaf, thyme sprig, teaspoon of dried mustard seed. Be adventurous…
SPEAKING OF…..As mentioned above, this is a great time of the year time for shellfish, shrimp, oysters, and crab. Expect to see these items as we cycle them into our fall and holiday menus.
As always thank you for your adventurous outlook!