For our wedding my Fiance and I decided that we wanted out thank you gifts to be unique and hand made. After dozens of ideas we finally agreed on pickles! To keep it interesting each table at the wedding will be identified by a different pickle rather than a number so we can make many different recipes throughout the year with local, seasonal organic fruit and veg.
These are all so easy and so delicious I can’t help but make double batches so that we have plenty to keep and eat for ourselves and use as universal environmentally friendly holiday gifts this season. So far we are about half way through and I thought it would be fun to post recipes and results.
Where better to start than the first pickles we tackled, Cherries. These I picked from my mom’s cherry tree last july and they are amazing on salads with a little of the pickling juices poured over as a dressing.
(This recipe is per/jar)
roughly 3 cups Bing cherries pits removed (believe me it’s worth the effort)
3/4 cup white vinegar
2tsp Suger (you can add more, up to 1/4 cup, if you want extra sweetness but I suggest trying them savory first)
4 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole coriander
pinch chili flakes (optional)
bring all the vinegar and suger to a boil in a pot. Add the spices and cherries to sanitized jars individually and pour the boiling liquid in on top.
For long lasting storable pickles seal and boil the jars for 12 minutes as store as long as you like.
For an easier ready to eat version, just shake to mix and refrigerate after adding the liquid. If you make them the refrigerator way, they can be enjoyed a couple hours after mixing and up to one week, maybe a little longer after. In the refrigerator version, the longer they sit the more pickled they taste.