September 20, 2021
Written & Developed by Chef Liana
Summer might be starting to fade, but fall’s garden bounty is in abundance. My obsession with pickling is at an all time high — it’s the perfect time for canning and pickling.
Those who know me know about my crazy obsession with squash. What I love about squash is the versatility from sweet to savoury, and also brined! I’m talking about pickled squash. I have taken my love of squash and pickles and created a pickled squash recipe. First I barbecued the squash, then pickled it — and there it was! The squash pickle was born.
So many amazing squash varieties are available at Calgary Co-op. I couldn’t settle on just one, so I chose both butternut & acorn squash. Alberta has amazing produce, and I love that Calgary Co-op supports local farmers and producers. I can never get over the colours of all the vegetables right now. I’m always inspired to cook or paint every time I’m shopping for produce, with the amazing hues of orange, red and deep green.
The pickling creations didn’t end with the squash, however! My other obsession that I discovered at Calgary Co-op are Rockit apples. These little gems are perfect for pickling with the addition of a blend of Founders & Farmers vinegars, aromatics, jalapeño and onion. And just like that, another pickle sensation was created! Quick pickles are the perfect, easy and tasty way you can get wildly creative. I’ve pickled everything from crisp lettuce to sweet cherries and even celery. They make amazing accompaniments for charcuterie platters or canapés. I found all my pickling needs at Calgary Co-op, including the jars (very handy).
For my charcuterie board I included Founders & Farmers Camembert cheese, Founders & Farmers ham & Ukrainian sausage, and crackers — all absolutely perfect for pairing with the quick pickles. The recipes can be found below.
This is the time of year you’ll want to find yourself in pickle… a quick pickle that is!
Yield 2 x 1 litre jars
*divide bay leaves, star anise garlic cloves cinnamon sticks into the two jars
Note: if you want to have more spice add more jalapeño, or if you rather no spice omit all together
If you use crab apples increase sugar by a cup or to taste . If using large apples cut into wedges (core & seeds removed).
Yield : 2 x 1litre jars
A dill flavoured corn dog appetizer, perfect for dipping, dunking and munching.
Apple of my eye, awesome to the core, kids (and adults- nudge, wink wink) will be begging for more!
Ah, St. Valentine’s… the day of love. This year, show some love with a fun and family-friendly 14th of February at home.