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I am always trying to find items in the cabinet that can be used more than once. I was faced with trying to find an item to help me keep my peppers that I was pickling submerged in the solution rather than rising to the top. I came up with the idea of filling a gallon zip lock bag with water and placing it on the top of the peppers. Amazingly, it kept them completely submerged for the 18 hours I needed and I was able to reuse the plastic bag.
This video by the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service gives a thorough explanation of the process and benefits of preserving your vegetables by pickling them.
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I have a pickled vegetables recipe that calls for pearl onions, could I use the cans of pearl onions for this? I found canned pearl onions at Wal-mart. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
By Ellen from Holden, MO
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When the pickle jar gets empty, don't throw out that pickle juice. Drop carrot sticks or zucchini slices into the juice and let marinade for a few days. This makes a delicious, healthy snack.
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By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC
Also delicious with cauliflower, onions sliced into rings, and yellow summer squash. (02/15/2008)
I also drop hard boiled eggs in the juice, yummy alone or in salads! (02/17/2008)
Bell pepper slices, hot dog chunks, sliced beets. (02/19/2008)
I know someone who used to actually drink the pickle juice and just loved it. She said it helped her with colds. (04/10/2008)