How quickly has this summer gone by? The fact that this week’s Sunday Supper theme is all about “Saving Summer” is proof of just how few sunny days and warm temperatures we have left. Next thing you know we are going to be dead in the middle of winter and the only thing that will keep us sane is consuming copious amounts of canned fruits and vegetables preserved from the summer harvest
I’ve never been one to get into the sweet side of canning. No jams and jellies for me, but man do I love my pickles. I will pickle virtually anything. However, I do have my favourites. You know how everyone fights for all of the goodies in a jar of sweet pickles, aside from the cucumbers themselves? Let’s face it, the pearl onions and cauliflower are by far the best parts. So why not make a jar of straight up sweet pickled cauliflower? Simple flavours like garlic and bay leaves are a must, but you can also try adding a pinch of turmeric to liven up the colour. It will be your little dose of sunshine when it’s nowhere to be seen in the sky. Just don’t get any white clothing or dish towels near it – turmeric stains like nothing you have ever encountered. Also, depending on how crunchy you like your cauliflower, feel free to blanch it before hand to soften it up a bit. I could eat raw cauliflower for days so I just chopped it up and tossed it straight into the jars. The hardest part is waiting until it pickles enough to eat it. In the meantime I guess we can test out the offerings from the rest of the Sunday Supper team! From jams and jellies, to salsas and sauces, and everything in between, these recipes can help summer last all year long – at least in spirit!
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup salt (Kosher or pickling)
- 1 cup white sugar
- pinch red chili flakes
- ¼ tsp. tumeric powder
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
- Begin by sterilizing 2 1l jars and their lids.
- Divide the cauliflower between the 2 sterilized jars, adding 2 garlic cloves and 1 bay leaf to each. You want the jars to be relatively full so there isn't room for additional air. If one head of cauliflower doesn't do the trick, either add part of a second head or supplement it with sliced carrots or pearl onions.
- To make the pickling liquid, bring the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, chili flakes and turmeric to a boil. Pour it over the cauliflower, ensuring that it is entirely submerged. This may mean the liquid reaches between ½ to 1 inch from the top.
- Put the lids on the jars and place them in a pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you don't want to go to the effort to be able to store the jars at room temperature, you don't have to worry about this and just stick them right in the fridge.
- Allow the jars to cool to room temperature. Ensure that the seals have actually seated (they should not make a clicking sound when you press the tops of the lids) before storing in a cool, dry place. Wait a few weeks for the cauliflower to pickle, then you are ready to crack open a jar to taste your efforts!
Learn how to …
- Dry Fruit – No-Dehydrator-Needed from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Freeze Cherries from Pies and Plots
- Freeze Herbs from Rhubarb and Honey
- Make Freezer Harvest Soup Kits from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Make Pesto Cubes from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Make and Freeze Rosemary Butter from Momma’s Meals
- Make Ready to Blend Smoothie Packs for Your Freezer from The Educators’ Spin On It
- Oven Dry Cherries from The Redhead Baker
Sip sunny cocktails and smoothies
- Blueberry, Peaches and Cream Green Smoothies from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Green Tea and Chocolate Saketini from Ninja Baking
- Sangria from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Scoop up special salsas and sauces
- Classic Freezer Tomato Sauce from Noshing With The Nolands
- Peach Salsa from The Texan New Yorker
- Pico de Gallo from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Spicy Apple – Carrot Chutney from What Smells So Good?
- Spring Conserve from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Jump into jellies, jams and preserves
- Apricot Habanero Jam from Food Lust People Love
- Corn Cob Jelly from Daily Dish Recipes
- Hot Pepper Jelly from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- No Pectin Apricot Jam from Curious Cuisiniere
- Peach Preserves from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pineapple Mango Moscato Jam from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Raw Raspberry-Vanilla Chia Jam from Shockingly Delicious
- Savory Fig and Sweet Onion Freezer Jam from Peaceful Cooking
- Spicy Ginger Tomato Jam with Coconut Sugar from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Spicy Red Pepper Jam from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Pucker up for pickles
- Bread and Butter Pickles from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pickled Beets and Onions from Kudos Kitchen by Renée
- Pickled Green Tomatoes from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños with Herbs from Magnolia Days
- Refrigerator Pickled Radish and Turnips from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Refrigerator Pickles from Webicurean
- Sweet Pickled Cauliflower from Because I Like Chocolate
Slurp and spoon soup and a side dish
- Easy Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Soup from Neighborfood
- Savory Summer Kimchi from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
Dive into divine desserts
- Easy (no machine) Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Mama Bee Does
- Freeze ‘em For Later Peach Berry Hand Pies from eating in instead
- Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries from Peanut Butter and Pepper
- Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes from Happy Baking Days
- Lemon Curd Coffee Crumb Cake with Vanilla Drizzle from Wallflour Girl
- Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream from Killer Bunnies, Inc
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