Introducing... The Pickle Project

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What if you just erased Fruit Cake from your collective memory of Christmases past?

Enter: pickling.

With several well-known pickle outlets around the city, and hipsters at Murray's Cheese and the Greenmarket snapping up jars of unusual flavors like Rick's Picks' Windy City Wasabean and Phat Beets, pickling is the new black. But despite their trendier-than-thou packing and friendly, easy-going service, it's just not as fun to buy some other guy's pickle, especially at $9 - $11 per jar.

It's easier than you may think to pickle. For holiday gifts, you should start now. So let's begin together. Post your questions on The Pickle Project threads you will see in the next few days, and send us an email.

Here are a few recipes to get you started:

  • Dill Pickles
  • Pickled Onions
  • Pickled Beets

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    Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.