If you’re feeling guilty about the random carrot, extra bits of broccoli, handful of cauliflower, and/or the half onion abandoned in your fridge, there’s a delicious (and super easy) solution to reducing food waste at home… quick pickles!
Quick pickles are packed with flavor, and they extend the life of your veggies for up to a month. A basic pickling brine consist of four basic ingredients: VINEGAR for acidity, WATER to cut the the acid, SUGAR to balance the acid, and SALT for flavor. You can mix and match different vegetables (and fruits) to be pickled, and as you’ll see in the recipe below, you can (and should!) pickle parts of vegetables that usually get thrown away, like the stems. Get creative with aromatics as well – everything from lemon peels to toasted spices, garlic, ginger, and herbs will add heaps of flavor to your colorful jars of quick pickles. Just get creative and use whatever you have on hand… it’s what eating like a farmer is all about.