“They” say quick pickles like these Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles are supposed to sit for 4-6 weeks to develop the flavor. I say they are awesome after only a few days.
I went a little crazy at the bargain produce section of the store last week and picked up a bag of mushrooms, a bag of tomatoes and bell peppers and a mixed bag of zucchini, eggplants and a cucumber. Each bag was $1! But I knew I had to do something with them within a day or two at most:
- The mushrooms were sautéed in olive oil and frozen on a cookie sheet then put loose into a zip-to-lock bag so I can grap a handful and toss them in recipes like Chicken Fricasee or Beef Stroganoff. At least my portion, my guys won’t knowingly eat mushrooms.
- The bell peppers got roasted and sliced and are packed in olive oil in the fridge.
- The tomatoes and eggplants and some of the mushrooms got stir fried and served over pasta.
For the zucchini I could have gone with one of the desserts I mentioned in this roundup, but then I stumbled on the recipe for these pickles in the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. (affiliate link – I receive a commission if you order through this link)
Yes, this is my favorite canning book, but the recipes are often for very large amounts of produce and those amounts can be a bit amorphous. This one called for 14- 16 small zucchini. Uh, can you define a small zucchini please? I shrunk down the recipe (and put it into cups to make it easier) and ended up with 4+ cups of pickles with 4-5 grocery store size zucchini – about 6 cups when sliced.
If you have monster sized zucchini, you are going to want to cut your slices in halves or quarters unless you want a 4″ diameter pickle slice.
These are quick pickles, also called “fresh pack” pickles. Which means they are brined for a few hours and then mixed with a spicy vinegar solution and canned. In this case it is a sweet and mustard-y solution. According to the book you are supposed to let them sit for a few weeks to allow the flavor to develop. I tried them after two days and swooned!
Until next time, happy eating.