Kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional fermented vegetable dish (Korea’s national dish), which used to be fermented underground–but David says it’s now common to see it on rooftops in big earthenware jars. For Koreans, this traditional dish is not just food but has been elevated to a kind of mythical status (believed to have healing properties, curing…

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Strawberry-jalapeño jam

I grew up with my mother making different kinds of jam every year, and it always seemed like this big laborious process as a kid (mind you, most kinds of culinary activities seemed that way). After our recent pickling and canning adventure, I decided I wouldn’t mind branching out into other kinds canned goods, particularly…

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Pickled asparagus

We were veritable pickling machines at our pickling party, and thus was able to also pickle a bit of purple asparagus. It was amusing to see that the purple did not last long, as the pickle juice was a lovely shade of magenta by the time we put the jar of pickles on the shelf.

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Pickled green beans

For David’s 32nd birthday, we decided to throw a pickling party, where people could bring their pickleable items of choice and use our canning supplies. Much jar-processing and maths (to re-calculate recipe amounts based on the amount of food/jars we had) took place and after 3 weeks, we can finally start tasting the fruits of…

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Pickled peppers

We’ve actually made several batches of pickled jalapeños now, but I’ve been horribly remiss in not posting the recipe sooner. There are a few recipes of ours, particularly the tortilla chicken, that use pickled jalapeño, and it seemed like a no-brainer to try our hand at pickling them ourselves. Plus, we were so bemused at the thought…

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Short-brined dill pickles

Any pickling endeavour would not be complete without making honest-to-goodness dill pickles–not to mention the fact that they are a particular favourite of David’s. This recipe was straightforward to execute, but we had to wait one month before we could sample our efforts.

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Spicy pickled garlic

When we still lived in Vancouver, we would often go to the annual Christmas craft fair, where David would typically pick up a couple jars of pickles–pickled garlic, dill pickles, etc. One Christmas I got him The Joy of Pickling so he could try his hand at pickling himself. Several years went by, as well…

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