Pickled Radishes

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The Henstooth has changed my perception of food tremendously, but I’ll save that story for another time. I will tell you though, it started with…Radishes. Radishes had always been those half dried pink slivers served on salads at weddings or special events. I always ate them but never really looked forward to them.

 

Rich insisted we plant radishes, and I blindly obliged. Fresh raw radishes are spicy and crisp and when cooked they can bring out a level of sweetness. I decided to give my first water bath canning experience a go by pickling them. Now the words “pickled radish” to this day still doesn’t sound appetizing to me, but they are a game changer. Just take my hand and trust me on this one, because your Taco Tuesday is about to take the win for best weeknight meal.

You can “quick” pickle and leave them in the fridge or water bath can them. We typically can, since we’re harvesting radishes all summer long, but have successfully done both!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp picking spice (alternatively you can use a bay leaf, 1 tsp mustard seed and 1/2 tsp black pepper, or any pickling spice combination of your liking)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut radishes using a mandoline ( I use this one ) for even slices. For quick pickling, thinner slices pickle quicker! Meanwhile bring vinegar, sugar, water, salt, and pickling spice to a boil in a small saucepan.

Place radish slices and garlic in a hot 1-pint ball jar. Ladle hot liquid over radishes. Wipe jar rim clean, and apply band to fingertip tightness. Let cool on a wire rack and place in refrigerator. Let chill for 24 hours before eating.

For water bath canning, apply band to fingertip tightness and place in boiling water canner. Jars should be covered with 1-2 inches of water. Bring water to a boil and set timer for 15 minutes. Once time is up, turn off heat and remove lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing jars from canner, and place on wire rack or towel to cool overnight. Check seals next day, and place in storage

Makes 1 Jar.

Tangy with a little spice, the best way to eat these bad boys is on tacos, nachos and enchiladas! They go great with beef, chicken, pork or even vegetarian style. You can also eat them atop salads, and as unique addition to roast beef or pulled pork sandwiches. 

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