Summer means fresh garden produce, and fresh garden produced needs preserving as much as possible. So we turned to Tigress for a summer series on quick and easy pickling, which is just one way to preserve the bounty of summer a little longer. She has showed us quick picked mushrooms and quick pickled roots — and today, in her last installment, it's pickled berries!
If you're a regular reader of The Kitchn then you've been with me for the last couple of weeks in my attempt to make your summer soirees a tad more tasty. I really do hope you've tried your hand at quick pickling. Because done just once, you'll surely be tempted to add this fearsome technique to your repertoire. Here's the last of the series, and this one's good not only with your summer cocktails, but in them as well: Quick Pickled Berries.
I've chosen gooseberries for this batch, but blueberries, cherries and even grapes (yes i know, not a berry) would be just as divine. Leave the strawberries to the cream and shortcake, quick pickling does not do that berry well.
I like my berries with fennel seed and black mustard, but feel free to switch up the spice. Cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, anise, all would work well here. This sweet pickle pairs wonderfully with cheese, soft or potent, and if you are so inclined, charcuterie. As mentioned above, my favorite way to enjoy these pickled berries are at the bottom of a martini glass. I mean, I'm not about to kick a little cocktail onion out of a gimlet, but really, nothing says party in a glass quite like this.