Quicky Pickles

Posted: January 12, 2010 | Author: Johanna | Filed under: Johanna | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I love fennel. It’s one of those vegetables that I only came across during the summer, when I was making tilapia en papillote for the first time. We had tilapia en papillote again this past week, and for some fortuitous reason, Fresh Direct sent me two bulbs of Fennel instead of one!!

While wondering what to do with my extra fennel, I contemplated braising, and adding it to a slow-cooked pork shoulder, and in the end, none of them seemed quite right for my extra fennel bulb. And then, last night, I had an epiphany.
One always has some sort of pickled something when eating barbeque. It’s like, a rule. So, while trying to figure out exactly how I’d convert the huge hunk of pig still sitting in my fridge into a variety of dinners and backup items, I figured it out. Quick-pickled fennel!!!

A cursory internet search brought me to a recipe I proceeded to destroy and turn into my own. Based on what was in the cabinets and the fridge, I created my own sweet-spicy Fennel Fridge Pickles!!

1 bulb of fennel, cored and cut into thin rounds or matchsticks, fronds reserved.
1 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon corriander seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all the ingredients except the fennel in a pot, and stir to dissolve the salt and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes.
Put your fennel pieces, and the fronds, into a pie plate or a heatproof bowl.
Pour the pickling liquid over the fennel and fronds, and let sit for 3 hours, minimum.
I transferred mine to a clean pint jar, in the fridge, so that it could both stay cool and continue to get the flavors all happy. Remember, these jars aren’t being processed, so they MUST be refrigerated, and vinegar or no, this shit WILL start to go bad eventually. So eat them within a week or two, I’d say.

If they last that long!!

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