Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Day Pickles.

One of our favorite things to make is a stock pile of pickled vegetables straight from the garden, and it's something everyone in our family loves (especially the kiddos!) which is always a plus.

I grew up with a simple + fresh pickled cucumbers recipe, simply white vinegar, water, sliced cucumbers, salt + pepper and ice cubes. But, I learned this recipe from our friend Wayne at WoodKith and it's my new favorite. 

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Day Pickles

Author: Heirloomed
These quick pickles are the perfect way to utilize your summer garden haul.

ingredients:

  • 2 parts white vinegar / 1 part water
  • rather thinly sliced cucumbers w/ skin on
  • sliced celery
  • cubed small spring onions
  • sliced green tomatoes
  • sliced + seeded jalapeno
  • sliced radish
  • onion flower + dill flower + parsley flower
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • ice cubes

instructions:

How to cook Day Pickles

  1. Gather all ingredients.
  2. Make a brine by combining the water, vinegar, and salt and bringing them to a boil.
  3. Pack two clean glass pint jars with the vegetables. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pack the vegetables in tightly - you don't want them to float when you add the brine.
  4. Pour the hot brine over the other ingredients. The vegetables should be completely immersed in the brine. Since these refrigerator pickles will not be canned, it is not necessary to leave head space between the surface of the food and the rims of the jars.
  5. Fasten lids and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before eating.
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The "recipe" is super flexible and you can toss in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand. The secret flavor to this recipe is in the herbs, and the most important part to either recipe (in my opinion) is the ice cubes to make the veggies super crisp and crunchy.

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If you know me by now you know my "recipes" are just that but this one truly is trial and error to your personal taste, and to whatever you have in your garden at the moment. For example, I don't love spicy so I don't eat the jalapeno but I do still include it because it adds a great flavor and subtle kick to the batch.

Love to know your best pickling tips, and also what else you love to include in your batch.


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A Southern Kitchen Bucket List.

As I sit here sifting through stacks of my Grandmother + Great Grandmother's handwritten recipe cards I think of all the years of thought, learning, trial and error and, love that went into each card.

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I try to recreate recipes from the cards, some I've never had before and for all intents and purposes they turn out just fine. But what I don't know is if they really turn out the way that they are suppose to. I don't know the tips + tricks behind them and for me, spending time IN the kitchen with my Mom and Grandmother was the only true way for me to know the secrets BEHIND their recipes.

How Grandma perfected the tart flavor behind her Key Lime Pie and knowing that she hand-picked each key lime off the tree in her yard in Florida made all the difference. How Mom gets her Chicken and Dumpling broth so creamy that it truly melts in your mouth, after trying over and over to make this one for my own children I think I've finally gotten the hang of this favorite winter dish.

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When I sit and think of how much I love to cook and bake, of the time I spend in the kitchen and around our family dinner table I still come to realize as I sift through these hand-written recipes that I still have so many holes in my kitchen skills.

I'm not talking about those Pinterest-worthy, ingredient laden, fancy recipes that we all love to pin. I'm talking about the basic recipes of a Southern kitchen. The ones that we grew up eating, made-from-scratch the way Grandma used to make them. If we don’t learn the fundamentals, the secrets and the subtle differences between a dash, a splash and a pinch, we will never be able to recreate a recipe in quite the same way as the dishes we grew up enjoying during our childhood. These heirloom(ed) recipes will be lost forever, along with the stories behind them.

I'm a hands-on learner so I have decided to create a big challenge for myself - a Southern Kitchen Bucket List, if you will. Getting back to the basics and tackling the simple things that I feel I should know how to master in my own kitchen, keeping these made-from-scratch secrets alive for yet another generation. I'm starting now because I know as the holidays grow closer and I try making some of my holiday favorites, I'll realize I have even more holes to learn. I'll be tackling some of these on my own, some from my family recipes, and some with the help of some of the best folks out there who are known for their craft. Take a peek ....

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List - pin it / share it / take the challenge for yourself!

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List - pin it / share it / take the challenge for yourself!

A Southern Kitchen Bucket List

I'd love to challenge you to tackle these along with me at #heirloomed. Let me know if I'm missing anything and I'll continue to add to the list. I've already knocked out a few (hyperlinked above) so you can start there.

And, I challenge you to also pull out a few of your favorite family recipe card and get in the kitchen with your Mom or Grandma and have them TEACH you to make them, by hand and step-by-step.

Here we go - off to tackle the Southern skills, can't wait to share. #HEIRLOOMED


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com