With the help of a conference assistant, my fearless fellow food lover/SFDC board member/ace photographer, Shelu, and 30 avid novice pickle enthusiasts, this Saturday we made 60 jars of pickled cucumbers, beets, turnips, grapes, and green beans. Small batch, of course — this was a Slow Food workshop, after all.
I guess with the recent rise of artisanal pickles in popular foodie culture I should not have been surprised that the hands-on pickling class sold out within hours of being posted on the Rooting DC website. But still. In case you missed the session, the recipe for surprisingly tasty pickled grapes can be found here. And because I like you, Slow Food community, the irresistible pickled lemon rosemary green bean recipe is below.
Incidentally, this recipe makes one 8oz jar. (See? Small batch, but it scales up easily.) Adapted from a recipe in the Washington Post Food section, Sept 2010.
Combine in an 8oz jar:
- ¼ cup + 2 TBSP water
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 2 TBSP white vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp sugar
Once everything is dissolved, add in:
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 garlic clove, peeled — ours was from nearby Claggett Farm
- 1 thick strip lemon zest (I use a veggie peeler to make these)
- clean green beans, ends snipped – as many as will fit
Add additional white vinegar as needed to be sure beans are submerged. Seal, shake a few times, and refrigerate for 1 week before devouring. A great way to use the bumper crop of beans I always seem to get in the garden. Great in a bloody mary or as an alternative nibble to olives.
What’s your favorite pickle recipe?