It doesn't matter whether you have a few fresh-picked cucumbers or ten pounds of beets. Single-jar recipes big-harvest ideas, relishes, chutneys, fermented pickles and krauts, and freezer and refrigerator varieties provide pickling solutions for every situation. And once your pantry is fully stocked, Chesman provides recipes for 35 delicious ways to use your pickles in prepared dishes. Cover image from www.BN.com, summary from book
My Review: I have to admit, I was hesitant when offered this book. I'm a huge Andrea Chesman fan, but pickling really isn't my thing. I accepted it out of pure curiosity, (and because I'm a huge Andrea Chesman fan) and was pleasantly surprised to have a to-do list stuck on the inside when I finished browsing through it. Like her other books, it's a great resource if you've got a fruit or vegetable you're not sure what to with. Plus, it's packed with all kinds of information about pickling and canning.
In addition to pickles (and pickled vegetables) she has recipes for salsas and relishes, which caught my eye. Next on my list is her tomatillo salsa and tomato relish! (Because my tomato plants have NOT gotten the memo and are still spewing fruit.)
I already tried her Homemade Sauerkraut recipe last spring because that recipe was also in Recipes from the Root Cellar (along with the Hot German Potato Salad with Sauerkraut which is also in both books). From this book I made the Napa Cabbage and Carrot Kimchi. My husband is a fan of kimchi, so I did it for him. (True love) While I don't think I'll be gobbling this stuff up by the bowl full, it's a great spicy-pickly garnish for salads, sandwiches, stir-frys, and even tacos. Yep, tacos.
If there's anything you've ever wanted to pickle, chances are you'll find what you need in this book. Plus recipes to use them in once they're finished!
My Rating: 5
Sum it up: The perfect book for all things pickled.
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