Pickling Okra

I'm new at gardening, and I'm trying freezing and canning, too. I want to pickle okra, but I blanched and froze a few days worth so that I could keep them fresh until I gathered enough to fill a jar.

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I'm afraid I messed up and now shouldn't use them to pickle, because they will not be in the refrigerator and they've been blanched (slightly cooked). Not sure, help.

By hanmay3 from Atlanta, GA

Answers:

Pickling Okra

I don't believe your okra would be crispy enough since you have blanched it. We just wash and dry our pods and pack them in jars. Here is my recipe:

  • 3 1/2 lbs small okra pods
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 7 small fresh hot peppers (optional)
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/3 cup pickling salt
  • 2 teaspoons dill seeds

    Pack okra tightly into hot sterilized jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Place a clove of garlic and a hot pepper in each of the jars. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil. Pour boiling mixture over okra, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles, wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids and screw on bands. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes.

    This recipe is from Southern Living and is the best we have found. Good luck with yours. (07/16/2009)

    By Pepsi Gal

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