It was a lovely Saturday afternoon, celebrating our wedding anniversary, enjoying a cocktail at one of the many new, trendy restaurants in Seattle. My husband decided to order Crudités – a fancy name for raw, pickled things. Okay, sounded interesting. Then I looked at the menu and learned that a plate of raw, pickled things cost $12! Whoa, really?
Well turns out these raw, pickled veggies were really delicious and with that price tag and yummy experience, I was inspired to make my own. This plate had a wide assortment of veggies- radishes, mushrooms, carrots, turnips. I think you can pickle just about any vegetable. I started simple, radishes only.
Where to begin? There are a lot of pickling recipes with just subtle differences. I did not want to Can and decided to try two different recipes. I learned that this is about the easiest thing you can do for a high return on investment – yummy, crunchy, delicious veggies in under 10 minutes! You can even gift them!
I had everything in my pantry that was needed and I just had to pick the radishes out of the garden. I made The “Simplest” recipe for pickling radishes and a different one The “Honey” recipe, which is just slightly more time consuming because you have to heat up the ingredients on the stove top.
The “Simplest” recipe (makes 1 mason jar):
- 8-10 medium radishes sliced
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Fill the mason jar with the sliced radishes. Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the radishes. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Wa-lah!
The “Honey” recipe (makes 2 mason jars):
- 10-12 medium radishes sliced
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 2 whole, peeled garlic cloves
Fill two mason jars with the sliced radishes and 1 garlic clove/jar. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a saucepan on low heat until honey is dissolved. Pour over the radishes. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Wa-lah!
Which one tastes better? I think it might come down to your preference for red wine vinegar vs. apple cider vinegar. I prefer the “Simplest” recipe, but my husband thinks the “Honey” recipe is more flavorful. I would choose the recipe based on whichever ingredients you have readily available at home.
Side note: Radishes are so easy to grow! Even if you don’t have a garden, find a pot and sow the seeds. Do it now so you can enjoy these crudités before it gets to hot to grow radishes (plant the seeds before June)!