Spicy Brown Sugar Pickles
Pickles, oh sweet pickles. Cucumbers packed in a sweet, salty brine that adds flavor of course and also provides short-term preservation. This is the easy way to do your own canning in a pinch. These jars are not boiled, filled, sealed and boiled again. If you’re willing to shorten the amount of time you can hold on to your goodies, try this quick ‘can’ method, also called refrigerator pickles. Save leftover lidded jars, pack them with your food, brine and seal. You have pickled in a pinch. Pickling spices can be found at any grocery store. Most of the ingredients are the same–cloves, black peppercorns, allspice, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, fennel seeds, celery seeds, caraway seeds–and you can adjust the flavors you want by adding additional whole spices. As for the cuke, choose one without the waxy skin on American cucumbers. Persian and English varieties are great.