Who doesn't like a good pickle? Pickling is the process of preserving or expanding the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle, or, to prevent ambiguity, prefaced with the adjective pickled.
This method of food preservation produces ingredients that often add a wonderful and often overlooked property when it comes to making an intriguing dish by providing that touch of acidity that may push a dish from good to great. Many of us are more accustomed to eating a pickled item alongside or in accompaniment to standard fair, a pickled cucumber with a deli sandwich or a pickled jalapeno with a solid street taco, but don't be afraid to think of these items as a component in your next home cooked meal. Check out some of our pickling projects below as well as some resources we've been inspired by.