What Is Pickling Salt? (And Do You Really Need to Use It?)Skills
Salt is one of the key ingredients in the pickling process, but does it matter which salt you use? Can you just use the salt that’s already in your pantry? Some recipes call for something called “pickling salt” — what makes pickling salt special? Here’s what you need to know. Pickling salt — sometimes called canning salt or preserving salt — is pure granulated salt (sodium chloride).
Apr 9, 2024
How To Make Your Own Kombucha ScobyRecipes
There’s really no arguing that scoby is uglydelicious homemade kombuchaIf you want to save a few bucks on your ‘booch habit, there’s just no getting around it. You’re going to need a scoby. You can beg a scoby from a kombucha-brewing friend, or you can order a fresh one online. But there’s one more option: you can grow your own. This can be easily done by combining tea, sugar, and some pre-made kombucha. Here’s how to do it.
Jan 16, 2024
How To Quick Pickle Any Summer VegetableRecipes
You can adapt this simple formula for any fresh vegetables; try a mixture of vinegars and spices for a truly custom pickle pleasure.
Nov 20, 2023
Mason Jar Sauerkraut Is Surprisingly So Easy to MakeRecipes
When life gives you cabbage...
Oct 2, 2023
How To Make Milk KefirRecipes
Milk kefir is an easy sell for anyone who loves yogurt, which I most definitely do. KefirsmoothieprobioticsAll you need is a teaspoon of active kefir grains and a cup of whole milk. Milk kefir is a fermented dairy product similar in many ways to yogurt and buttermilk. It’s how kefir is cultured that makes it really unique — instead of heating the milk, adding a culture, and keeping it warm as you do with yogurt, all you need to make milk kefir are kefir grains.
Sep 10, 2023
5 Ways to Thicken Homemade JamSkills
Yes, you can save that runny jam.
Sep 5, 2023
How To Make Easy Refrigerator PicklesRecipes
Can you slice vegetables and boil brine? Then you can make refrigerator pickles.
Sep 4, 2023
How To Make Tomato PasteRecipes
Spread it onto bread, fold into omelets, or eat spoonfuls with ricotta.
Aug 31, 2023
Fresh Fig Jam Tastes Fancy but Is So Easy to MakeRecipes
And you only need four ingredients.
Aug 11, 2023
Quick-Pickled Cherry PeppersRecipes
We love the stuffed cherry peppers we find in gourmet shops, though at upwards of $10 a jar, they can be a bit pricey. But peppers from the farmers’ market come cheap, and with a simple brine, you can get the same results for much less. All you need is buy some fresh peppers, poke the tops, and make the brine – a mix of white vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. I first discovered pickled cherry peppers at the Ruby Tuesday salad bar.
Aug 9, 2023
How To Make Basic Fruit Jam Without PectinRecipes
The best jam you can make with just fruit, lemon, and sugar.
Aug 5, 2023
How To Pickle Cherry TomatoesRecipes
If you're looking for a quick way to preserve a bunch of cherry tomatoes, pickling is a unique way to put them to good use.
Jul 31, 2023
You Don’t Need a Dehydrator: 5 Fruits You Can Dry in the OvenSkills
If you see a lot of fruit dehydrating in your future, buying a food dehydrator makes sense. Using one is more energy-efficient than slowly baking fruit in a low oven, and the results are more consistent. But if you just want to make the occasional batch of crispy apple chips or intensely-flavored dried tomatoes, keep things simple and gadget-free: use your oven to make dried fruit!
Jul 25, 2023
How To Dry Tomatoes in the OvenRecipes
These oven-dried tomatoes are nothing like their sun-dried cousins.
Jul 24, 2023
Kool-Aid Pickles Are the Ultimate Sweet-and-Sour Summer Snack Recipes
They’re also pretty to look at.
Jul 14, 2023
How To Make Caramelized Onions in a Slow CookerRecipes
Get out your slow cooker and make a huge batch (you can freeze most of it to have on hand for future meals!).
Jun 29, 2023
How to Make Beet KvassRecipes
Have you ever tried beet kvass? Earthy, salty, sour, and sweet, this jewel-toned lacto-fermented beverage is full of probiotic goodness. Plus it’s ridiculously easy and affordable to brew right on your kitchen counter. Making beet kvass is similar to the process of making sauerkraut, traditional dill pickles, and kimchi.
Jun 14, 2023
The 3-Ingredient Rhubarb Recipe I Use To Upgrade (Almost) EverythingRecipes
It only takes 15 minutes to make.
May 24, 2023
How To Make Yogurt at HomeRecipes
You could even make a batch tonight and have homemade yogurt for breakfast by tomorrow morning!
Apr 10, 2023
My First Kimchi-Making ExperienceRecipes
I love Korean food, and I love kimchi. I’ve never attempted to make it on my own, I always thought it was this huge, complicated thing and that it’s probably best to just buy premade kimchi at the store. Plus, since I didn’t understand fermentation, it scared me. Some kimchi recipes call for raw oysters and raw squid. How would these stay fresh for weeks and months, I wondered? Would I get sick? So, making kimchi was just one of those things I avoided. It intimidated me.
Mar 16, 2023
What’s the Difference Between Pickling and Fermenting?Skills
Pickling and fermenting are two methods for naturally preserving foods, and both produce some delicious, tangy results. Do you know what sets them apart? While both pickling and fermenting produce different results, there are some areas of overlap that can easily spark some confusion.
Dec 8, 2022
7 Tips to Make Sure Your Jam Sets UpSkills
I am an equal opportunity fruit jam eater. I am just as happy with the loose, sloshy batches as I am the ones that have a firmer consistency. I love to use the runny varieties to flavor plain yogurt or as a sweetener for green smoothies. The slightly overset batches are perfect for serving with cheese plates or as the filling in a thumbprint cookie.
Dec 6, 2022
How To Make Easy Chia Jam with Any FruitRecipes
Yes, there's a not-so-secret ingredient.
Sep 25, 2022
Homemade Caramel Syrup for Your CoffeeRecipes
For me, there’s not much better than an ice-cold coffee on a hot summer day. One problem though: if you want to sweeten your coffee you only have a few options. Option one is to use sugar, which is hard to dissolve and can result in a pile of sugar gunk at the bottom of your glass. Option two is using a store-bought coffee syrup, but those tend to be cloyingly sweet and flavored with junk. The hidden third option is to make your own syrup at home.
Sep 13, 2022
How To Make TempehRecipes
If you like store-bought tempeh, just wait until you try fresh nutty-tasting homemade tempeh. You might never go back! Plus, when you make it yourself, you can go way beyond soybeans and customize your tempeh with whatever kinds of legumes and grains you want. To make tempeh at home, you just need some beans, a spoonful of tempeh starter, and a warm spot in your house. Today we’ll walk you through each step of the process, from preparing the beans to cooking it for dinner.
Sep 7, 2022
How To Make Sweet-and-Savory Tomato JamRecipes
You can use it on burgers, grilled chicken, or just eat it with cheese and crackers.
Sep 6, 2022
How To Make Dill PicklesRecipes
Cool and crunchy, delightfully sour and capable of going from snack to sandwich without a hitch — that's what I call a good pickle.
Aug 26, 2022
Bonne Maman’s 2022 Advent Calendar Just Dropped — and It’s Bound to Sell out Fast!
Hurry — they don't last very long!
Jul 27, 2022
Pickling Primer: How To Get Started!Skills
Pickling involves little more than marinating vegetables over time. How much time depends on the method. And for new picklers, the best way to try it out is through refrigerator pickling. You don’t need a garden’s worth of vegetables or canning equipment – just pick a vegetable (or several), add spices and brine, and into the fridge it goes. Best eaten within a week or two, this method is your answer for quick and fresh pickled fare. 1.
May 12, 2022
Recipe: Quince ChutneyRecipes
I have been hoarding a platter of yellow quinces on my desk for the past few weeks, not because these knobbly fruits are especially beautiful to look at but rather as a source of deep olfactory pleasure. Tantalized by their fruity-floral aroma of pineapple, pear, and roses, I was almost convinced that cooking the quinces would be a shame … until I got them into a pot and onto a spoon.
May 12, 2022
Preserving Without Canning: Tips and Tricks for Summer ProduceSkills
We hate to say it, but summer will be over before we know it. Now is the time to preserve some of the season’s gems like tomatoes, peaches, corn, and peppers. Preserving isn’t just about canning, though. Here are some tips for freezing, pickling, making sauces, and more.Berries: Berries may be frozen, of course, but our favorite way to preserve their flavor is in a shrub syrup, which you can use in sodas, cocktails, and salad dressings. Vinegar is also a great option for berries.
May 11, 2022
How To Make Preserved LemonsRecipes
I recently acquired a lot of meyer lemons from my neighbor’s tree. I can only drink so much lemonade, eat so many lemon pies, and make so much marmalade! So I decided to make preserved lemons, and it was ridiculously easy. Now I have several jars of preserved lemons that I can use in Middle Eastern recipes.Ingredients8 to 10 lemons (I used Meyer, but you can use any regular lemon)Kosher saltEquipment1 quart-sized wide mouth jar with lid1. Sterilize the jar in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Apr 2, 2022
Cheryl Day Launched an Online Store and I Want All of the Jams
Plus a butter bookmark!
Sep 9, 2021
4-Ingredient Cantaloupe Jam Will Be Your New Favorite Summer Condiment Recipes
The sweet and spicy spread is perfect for cheese boards.
May 18, 2021
If You Use Honey *Ever* You Need This $10 ToolTools
You could say it's the bee's knees.
May 6, 2021
My Adventures in Venison Lead Me, At Last, to Liver PâtéPeople
When I decided to try deer hunting, I made a pact with myself. I would use every part I could of any deer I brought home. The tenderloin, ground meat, and roasts were easy. We had burgers, venison Wellington, cheese steak sandwiches, spaghetti Bolognese, grilled roast, Sloppy Joes, chili — pretty much any dish that could be made with beef. And they were delicious, a little richer than normal, and a whole lot leaner.
Sep 30, 2020
Hot Honey Is the $10 Pantry Splurge I Never Knew I Needed
Taste Makers
It elevates even the most everyday meal.
Aug 25, 2020
Bonne Maman’s Iconic Advent Calendar Is Constantly Selling Out — But You Can Get It Right Now
Get yours before it's gone!
Aug 18, 2020
12 Creative Ways to Preserve SageKitchen
Sage is an intensely aromatic herb, and unlike its tender cousins — basil and parsley — its leaves are sturdy and resinous. Because of sage’s powerful aroma and oily texture, a little goes long way, flavor-wise. The preserving possibilities are numerous, so we get to be creative with this potent perennial. Infuse honey with dried sage leaves to add flavor to hot or iced tea, sweeten baked goods, add to a citrus-y marinade, or serve on a cheese plate.
Jul 16, 2020
5 Delicious Ways to Use Up Overripe StrawberriesSkills
Strawberry butter, anyone?
Jun 17, 2020
Banish Bland Chicken Forever with 3-Ingredient Lemon Honey SauceRecipes
The ultimate sauce to wake up tired boneless, skinless chicken breasts is also the easiest to make.
Feb 26, 2020
How To Make Giardiniera, the Italian Condiment You’ll Want to Put on EverythingRecipes
It's the best thing you can do this weekend.
Feb 3, 2020
Dilly Beans Are the Ultimate Pickle-Lover's SnackRecipes
And they make a great Bloody Mary stirrer, too.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: D.I.Y. Cranberry JamRecipes
Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving jelly and sauce; homemade cranberry jam is wonderful on toast or a sandwich too. This is an easy homemade jam recipe that will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks. It’s smoother, sweeter and and thicker than cranberry sauce. We ate it on bread with peanut butter and used it in a pastry for Thanksgiving. It’s tart and sweet with traditional aromas of cinnamon and orange.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: PickletiniRecipes
This weekend we were treated to a special dirty martini from our favorite pickle joint in town, Rick’s Picks. Just in time. In an effort to get you ready for summer, we’re going to kick off a week of original cocktail recipes, and we begin with a bang: it’s Pickletini time.This weekend we held a little book party here in the office for the launch of Maxwell’s new book.
Jan 29, 2020
Seasonal Recipe: Aunt Lorraine’s Refrigerator PicklesRecipes
It’s summer and it’s time for pickles! While I’m a big fan of canning, sometimes the thought of standing over a stove in the dead-heat of summer is just too much. Enter the refrigerator pickle, a quick and delicious way to get your pickle fix without heat stroke.This is an old-fashioned recipe, very sweet/sour, almost like a relish. It’s from my mom who got it from my Aunt Lorraine way back in the 60s.
Jan 29, 2020
Spring Recipe: Pretty-in-Pink Pickled RadishesRecipes
These radishes started out bright red on the outside, and snow white on the inside — but quickly turned a lovely shade of pink after a few hours in their pickling solution. So pretty and delicious and easy to make! Read on for the recipe.These are Japanese-style pickles, with a well-balanced sweet/sour flavor and a satisfying crunch. While red radishes aren’t traditional, they are similar in taste and texture to the daikon radish and the turnip, which are more classic choices.
Jan 29, 2020
Savory Canning: Pickled PeppersRecipes
At the beginning of the summer, when we were still picking out plants and herbs for our container garden and dreaming of August’s tomatoes, we thought some pepper plants might be a fun change of pace from the usual choices — who wouldn’t love fresh pico de gallo or sliced fresh banana peppers at the height of summer’s heat?
Jan 29, 2020
Quick Pickled RootsRecipes
Summer means fresh garden produce, and fresh garden produced needs preserving as much as possible. So we turned to Tigress for a brief summer series on quick and easy pickling, which is just one way to preserve the bounty of summer a little longer. Pickling is surprisingly easy — take a look at this first post to see just how simple it can be.Oh snap! Summer is here and you want something snappy to ward off the heat?
Jan 29, 2020
Quick Pickled MushroomsRecipes
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. Last week she showed us quick pickled roots — this week, it’s pickled mushrooms!Welcome to the second installment of my quick pickling guest post series!
Jan 29, 2020
Quick Pickled BerriesRecipes
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!
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Kale Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon RadishRecipes
No matter how many times I have cooked with the watermelon radish, slicing into one is always a magical experience. Although the pale greenish-white root is rather unassuming at first glance, inside lies the most brilliant fuchsia core. Heating it dulls the color, so my favorite way to serve this mild radish is raw or lightly pickled. In a salad, it really adds a vivid pop.
Jan 29, 2020
A Brined Pickle Platter: Bar Tartine’s Pickled Carrots, Green Tomatoes & Watermelon RadishesRecipes
I had a wonderful meal at the restaurant Bar Tartine in San Francisco a while back. One of the many highlights was the first thing on the table: a delightful array of brine-pickled vegetables served up in jars gathered on a rough wooden tray. Read on for three recipes from this repertoire and a few hints on how to create a pickle platter at home. Each pickle had a distinct taste, from the spicy but earthy carrots in turmeric to the bright, dilly (and also spicy) green cherry tomatoes.
Jan 29, 2020
Small Batch Recipe: Garlic Dill Refrigerator PicklesRecipes
I believe in the power of a good pickle. Toss baby greens with a bit of crumbled cheese and a slices of pickled beet and call it dinner. Drizzle olive oil over pickled cauliflower and it becomes a quick appetizer for guests. Nuzzle a couple of dilly beans alongside your hot dog instead of relish for a crunchy pucker. Truly, there isn’t much that a pickle can’t do to jazz up or round out a meal. Here in the US, pickles are inextricably linked to cucumbers.
Jan 29, 2020
Summer Recipe: Pickled Yellow SquashRecipes
In college, I occasionally worked at a small café tucked inside a local art museum. It was a ladies-who-lunch scene, and the food was brought in by a local caterer. The menu was what one might expect for that crowd—chilled soups, tea sandwiches, and dainty salads. Accompanying every entreé was a pile of tangy yellow squash laced with diced red bell peppers; it was our signature side.
Jan 29, 2020
Appetizer Recipe: Garlic & Coriander Quick-Pickled Baby CarrotsRecipes
We’ve all encountered, and possibly even served, a boring crudité platter. As a vegetarian and gluten-free guest and host, I’ve had my fair share of raw broccoli and carrot sticks while other party guests indulged in more interesting hors d’oeuvres. But these pickled baby carrots? These ones with the zingy bite that will be ready in just a couple of hours? You might want to double the recipe.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Jalapeño Bloody Mary with Quick Pickled VegetablesRecipes
There are lots of ways to heat up your drinks, from fresh cracked peppercorns to wasabi and my personal fave — freshly grated horseradish. Add the endless array of fresh peppers (habañeros, serranos, thai bird chilies, etc.) and the even wider variety of hot sauces out there, and you’re choices are endless. Flavored and infused spirits are in the spice game, too, from vodka to tequila.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Lacto-Fermented Pickled VegetablesRecipes
To the uninitiated, lacto-fermentation often sounds at best confusing and at worst frightening. Before I got elbow-deep into the world of kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods, I had vague notions of lacto-fermentation involving milk, bacteria, and jars of mysterious contents bubbling away in dark cupboards. Some of this is true, some of it isn’t, and I’ll get to that in a minute.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Warm Pickled Onion DressingRecipes
This roasted delicata squash salad is a superfood extravaganza! I’ve tossed it together with walnuts, apple, cabbage, and quick-pickled red onion dressing. (Yeah, I’m a total rebel and made the dressing in the microwave.) After all the holidays, parties, lack of sleep, dozens of cocktail-sized meatballs on toothpicks, and one-too-many Champagne toasts, I often get a little wacked out and start craving beet juice and kombucha in an attempt to get myself back on track.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Fermented Asparagus PicklesRecipes
When friends ask how to ferment deli-style pickles, I recommend that they start by practicing with asparagus spears. By practicing with asparagus you’ll learn all you need to know by the time cucumber season arrives. Thankfully this isn’t all about learning; asparagus makes for great pickles and is a welcome accompaniment to spring grilling. Preserving has taught me to look at ingredients differently than I used to; each part of a fruit or vegetable can be prepared in different ways.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Avocado PicklesRecipes
Here's what to do with those underripe avocados!
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Spicy Mexican-Style Pickled CarrotsRecipes
Meet the spicy pickled carrots that are about to forever change your Taco Tuesday or even just your snack-dinner Wednesday. These crunchy, spicy, tangy pickles are made for serving with (or on top of) Mexican staples like tacos and enchiladas, or even just alongside a cold beer. And because these carrot pickles are made just like our favorite quick refrigerator pickles, they are as easy to make as they are to eat.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Kefir Pancakes with Bananas FosterRecipes
What do pancakes, puppies, and pillows have in common? Fluff! Nine out of 10 pancake connoisseurs (aka, my friends) agree that fluffiness is the most desirable trait in pancake prep (and puppies and pillows, too). The tenth guy said “soft,” but he’s never been one for words. There are a few tried-and-true ways to achieve ultimate pancake fluff, one of them being Chef Clayton Miller’s tip to incorporate three whipped egg whites for soufflé-like cakes.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Rhubarb CurdRecipes
When I set out to make rhubarb curd, I imagined a jar full of shockingly pink spread to dollop on toast, scones, and ice cream. As it turns out, my eggs were so deep yellow in color that the final result looked more like traditional lemon than rhubarb. A bit disappointing, yes, but the flavor was so lovely that I quickly rebounded from this minor misfortune.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Make Lemon Curd in the Food ProcessorRecipes
Lemon curd is one of those things that I always like to have in my refrigerator. It has saved me more than once when I’ve had to rustle up a last minute dessert or had an unexpected guest stop by at tea time. I love how lemon curd is tart (at least the way I make it!) and yet rich and smooth. Honestly, I could just eat spoonfuls of it straight from the jar! Classically, lemon curd is served with tea, where it is spread on scones, biscuits, and shortbread.
Jan 21, 2020