Sweet, sour, spicy…. What is your pickle? July is the month to celebrate those wonderous side dish that come in so many sizes and flavors! Since 1606, you have been able to add that miraculous crunch to your burger, relish the first bite of your hot dog! At least in America… there is evidence that Cleopatra enjoyed pickles with her hummus.
Easy to make, pickles are simple cucumbers soaked in vinegar, salt and various herbs. Then soaked or “brined” for several hours or months. New trends have moved the ‘pickling’ to other vegetables like cauliflower, beets and okra! Leading to a huge surge in home pickling projects and small businesses to bring forth an expansive amount of small batches of pickled deliciousness in a jar!!
Each nation has made their contribution to the pickle world… kosher dills were sold from karts in old world New York during the late 1800’s. Left for just a month, half-dills were created and full dills were left in the barrels for months. Even today in most kosher deli’s you will find a kosher dill along side your meal!
Sauerkraut from Eastern Europe is cabbage soaked in the salt and water for several days to develop that lovely crunchy -sour taste perfect for your hot dog! Kimchi cabbage and spices is pickled with a little heat to spice things up! Cuisine from the Middle East includes pickled turnips, carrots and peppers and vary from spicy to tart. We could talk which vegetable and soak really wets our whistle all Summer!
For fun, the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles each year! Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World. In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers. In parts of Mississippi, kids are soaking their pickles in kool-aid! Having a jar of ‘Koolickles’ for your next bbq is a must!!
Have you been enjoying July the month of pickles? Ready to soak up a batch of Koolickles for your next BBQ? Are you a sweet or dill person?
All very important questions, let us know in the comments!