Summer Vegetable Pickling and Preserving Reminder

Although most summer vegetables will still be there at least until the end of September, the beginning of August is I think the best moment to start planning preserves, look for the cheapest and/or best quality sources, buy the missing jars, lids, check if the lids you have aren’t rusty and stock on sugar, vinegar, salt, herbs or spices the recipes call for.

I have chosen here my favourite summer vegetable preserves, those I keep on preparing every year and without which I cannot imagine going through a week of home meals. Most of them are long-term (i.e. you can keep them outside of the fridge, in a cool place such as pantry or cellar, for at least a year), some are short-term and need to be refrigerated, keeping thus for weeks or months. If you are afraid of long-term preserving or don’t have conditions to keep jars outside of the fridge for long months, you can transform those to short-term preserves skipping the last, hot water bath process and keeping your jars refrigerated.

Hot and sweet pepper

Hunan Salt-Pickled Chillies/Erös Pista
Hunan Salt-Pickled Chillies/Erös Pista
salt_chillipp
Salt-Brine Pickled Chilli
Peperoncini sott'olio (Chillies with garlic and Oil)
Peperoncini sott’olio (Chillies with garlic and Oil)
Raimu Koshou (Chilli and Lime Zest Paste)
Raimu Koshou (Chilli and Lime Zest Paste)
Vinegar-Pickled Chillies
Vinegar-Pickled Chillies
Pickled Sweet Peppers
Pickled Sweet Peppers
Chilli Jelly
Chilli Jelly

——————–

Tomato

Semi-Dried Tomatoes
Semi-Dried Tomatoes
Ketchup
Ketchup
Indian-Style Tomato Chutney
Indian-Style Tomato Chutney

——————–

Cucumber

Pickled Dill Cucumbers
Pickled Dill Cucumbers
Moomins' Pickled Cucumber Salad
Moomins’ Pickled Cucumber Salad

10 Replies to “Summer Vegetable Pickling and Preserving Reminder”

  1. I wouldn’t mind being on someone’s pickling gift basket list … too lazy to do it myself. 🙂 The Indian style tomato chutney, ketchup and chili jelly in particular caught my ey.

    1. Thank you, A_Boleyn. I am lazy to cook quite often, but the good side of preserves is that you make one big batch and it’s finished for a year 😉

  2. i was just telling a friend that I shall put away some pickles this year! My dear mom used to make a dill pickle that was fermented with a piece of bread laid across the top. They were such delicious pickles. I love that you pickle so much, it’s inspiring!

    1. Thank you so much, Eva. I remember that it’s the way salt brine cucumber pickles are made in Hungary. In Poland it’s juste water and salt, but they are so delicious too… I must try the Hungarian method one day (though I think the bread’s presence makes them rather short-term pickles).

  3. Oh, you didn’t get the memo? No preserving necessary in California… fresh and beautiful all year long 🙂 heeheeh – I’m just teasing, of course! Look at all of your gorgeous preserves Sissi – so enviable! Great reminders indeed and yes, best to capture at the peak of freshness. Many people don’t realize that preserved foods can hold more nutrients than fresh foods depending on the time of year and the distance the food has had to travel, etc.

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly. I do envy you the super long warm seasons… and the possibility to have such marvels as lemons in your garden. You are so right about preserved food. I grew up in a country where preserving is a normal activity in most families, so I think I wouldn’t be able to live without my own jars, but I love experimenting and I see that my jars get more and more different from what my mum used to make.

  4. You know how much I love pickles too! Thanks for the reminder Sissi! And all the brilliant pickle combination ideas. In between countries right now, but can’t wait to get my hand on some empty jars and summer vegetables before they go out of season!

    1. Hi, Shu Han. Thank you so much for the compliments. I hope you will manage to make some pickles between your travels this year.

  5. Perfect timing Sissi! I just picked a bunch of sweet and hot peppers. I was going to pickle them tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me of your fabulous pickled chilies! And that pickled cucumber salad is on the list as well. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, MJ. You remind me once more of grilling chilli peppers… I must buy a big batch this weekend.

Comments are closed.