Quick & Easy Pickles

Let’s say some of the veggies in your garden underperformed this summer, like the green tomatoes clinging to the vines in my back yard. Or maybe you’re just sick of eating fresh cucumber after four months of harvesting the buggers. Either way, I have the answer: Pickling. Don’t worry, I haven’t turned all crazy live-off-the-land on you. I like a quick, easy pickle, aka a QUICKLE. This recipe gets you that vinegar-y snap in just a few hours, but tastes even better if you let it steep longer. So you can enjoy that produce now and later!

Cucumber Green Tomato Quickles

Cucumber and Green Tomato Quickles

Ingredients

  • about 1 lb small Cucumbers, sliced in rounds, or green Tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 1/2 Onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup Coarse salt
  • ½ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup White vinegar
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Mustard seed
  • chopped fresh Dill
  • 1 Cinnamon stick

Directions

  • Place cucumbers or tomatoes and onions in a bowl, add salt, and toss. Set aside.
  • In a pot, bring vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and spices to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved.
  • Pack veggies and onions into a clean mason jar (or this cool contraption from VacuVin). Pour vinegar over the veggies to cover. Seal and place in the fridge.
  • Wait a few hours, then enjoy! They’ll keep in the fridge for about a week.
Quick and Easy Pickles
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Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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