pickles Tag

Shishito peppers are one of my favorite discoveries from the farm.  I didn’t even know they existed before receiving them in our CSA shares at Blooming Glen.  They are generally mild but have the occasional spicy kick- you never know which one you are going to get!  We have been receiving shishito peppers in our shares for a few weeks and I wanted to showcase them in this week’s recipe.  What began as one way to use them quickly turned into three- charred shishitos, quick pickled shishitos, and tempura shishitos!

Shishito Peppers- Three Ways!

20-30 shishito peppers
2 Tbsp olive oil
Coarse sea salt

  • Wash and dry peppers.
  • Place peppers on skewers. It is best to use two skewers per row of peppers so that they don’t move around.
  • Brush both sides with oil.
  • Heat grill to high. Grill should be about 450°F.
  • Grill skewers for 4-5 minutes on one side. Flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes.  Peppers should be cooked and charred where they hit the grill grates.

  • Remove from grill and pull the peppers off the skewers.
  • Sprinkle with salt and serve with roasted garlic sauce.

1 small head garlic
½ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp paprika

  • Wash garlic head and cut off the top. Wrap in foil.  Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
  • Remove garlic from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Once you can handle the garlic, remove the roasted cloves from the papery skins.
  • Place the cloves in a bowl and smash them with a fork.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Chill before serving.


3 cups shishito peppers, sliced into rings
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tsp sea salt
1½ cups vinegar (apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or a mixture of both)
¾ cup water

  • Tightly pack the peppers and garlic into one or two glass jars. Sprinkle salt over top.
  • In saucepan, heat vinegar and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour hot brine over the peppers and garlic. Liquid should cover all of the peppers and garlic.
  • Cover jars, let cool on the counter, and then refrigerate.
  • Allow to marinate for 24 hours.
  • Enjoy with tacos, on chili, on sandwiches, on salads, or right out of the jar!

40 shishito peppers
1 egg
¾ cup plain seltzer or sparkling water
1 tsp sea salt
¾ cup all purpose flour (best gluten free option- cassava flour)
4-5 cups frying oil (avocado oil, coconut oil, palm shortening, etc.)
Soy sauce or coconut aminos, for dipping

  • Wash and dry peppers.
  • In a medium bowl, mix egg, seltzer, and sea salt.
  • Add half of the flour and mix well. Add remaining flour and mix.
  • If batter is too thin, add a little more flour 1 Tbsp at a time. If batter is too thick, add a little more seltzer 1 Tbsp at a time.
  • Heat frying oil in large Dutch oven. The oil should be about 1 ½ – 2 inches deep.  The temperature of the oil should be about 360-380°F.
  • Holding the pepper by its stem, dip it into the batter and gently place in the hot oil. Continue to do this until you have about 6-10 peppers frying.  You don’t want to overcrowd the oil.
  • Fry the peppers for about 3-5 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Remove any loose batter pieces from the oil before frying the next batch.
  • Continue cooking until all peppers are fried.
  • Serve with soy sauce or coconut aminos.


Recipe and photos by Stephanie Borzio.  Stephanie is a mom of three active boys and is an autoimmune warrior.  After battling her own health for several years, Stephanie found healing through food and lifestyle changes, including joining Blooming Glen Farm CSA of which she is a long time member.  She is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about sharing healthy living tips and real food recipes.  Instagram and Facebook: Tru You Essentials; Website: www.truyouessentials.com

Cucumbers are a refreshing and welcome addition to our CSA shares!  There are so many amazing things you can make with cucumbers.  Simply slice them up and enjoy or use them in various recipes.  This week I have two wonderful recipes to share with you.  The first one is a family recipe for our cucumber salad.  It is a salad that has been passed on for generations, but I’m not sure a recipe was ever written down.  The second is an easy refrigerator pickle that can be ready in as little as 24 hours!

Cucumber Salad
5 Kirby cucumbers or 3 regular cucumbers
2 medium sweet onions or regular onions
6 Tbsp white vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp black pepper
¾ tsp garlic powder

  • Peel cucumbers. Thinly slice to about 1/16” or 1/8” on mandolin.  Place in large bowl.
  • Use the bulbs of the onions only. Cut bulb in half and then slice on mandolin (same thickness as cucumbers).  Place in bowl with cucumbers.
  • In small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, salt, honey, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk well.
  • Pour dressing over cucumbers and onions. Mix well to coat.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Refrigerator Pickles
Fresh cucumbers + dill + garlic = the perfect blend for crisp, delicious pickles.  This recipe is easy and does not require canning.  Feel free to cut in half if you only want to make one quart jar. 

6-8 Kirby cucumbers (you can use other cucumbers, these are just my favorites for this recipe)
3 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
3 ½ Tbsp sea salt
5 tsp dried dill or 4-6 sprigs of fresh dill (I prefer fresh dill but sometimes only have dried on hand)
4 cloves fresh garlic

  • Clean two quart jars and lids.
  • Cut cucumbers into spears or rounds. Pack into jars.  The number of cucumbers needed varies depending on their size.  Cucumbers should be tightly packed.

  • Slice garlic and add 2 cloves per jar.
  • Add 2 ½ tsp dried dill to each jar or 2-3 sprigs of fresh dill to each jar.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, vinegar, honey, and sea salt. Bring to a boil and mix well.  Allow to simmer until honey and salt are dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Pour liquid into each jar. Fill to the top.  Place lid on and gently flip upside down to mix.
  • Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  • Keep refrigerated. Best if eaten within 1 month.

**Optional: Add ½ tsp red pepper flakes to each jar or add fresh sliced jalapenos to give your pickles some spice.

Recipe and photos by Stephanie Borzio.  Stephanie is a mom of three active boys and is an autoimmune warrior.  After battling her own health for several years, Stephanie found healing through food and lifestyle changes, including joining Blooming Glen Farm CSA of which she is a long time member.  She is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who is passionate about sharing healthy living tips and real food recipes.  Instagram and Facebook: Tru You Essentials; Website: www.truyouessentials.com

As a farmer I consider myself food rich- my currency is not in dollars, but in the bounty and flavors of the season. As the stream of veggies flows by my front door from field to market, I can often get overwhelmed with the impermanence of it all. On those occasions the only thing that helps soothe my nagging thoughts is to put some of that food in jars. Seeing the freezer stocked and some preserves on the shelves brings a satisfaction like no other. I admit, my canning is limited to what I can do with a water bath canner, but that’s okay- there is so much in that realm, and every year I discover a new favorite. I hope to take a class and master the pressure canner someday, but for now I stick to jams, pickles and tomatoes, low in risk and high in satisfaction.

This week, for Farmer Tom, I decided to put up some pickled jalapenos, and for myself, some cantaloupe preserves. (We don’t grow tree fruit on our farm, but thanks to a gift of a box of peaches from our neighbors at Easton farmers market, Scholl Orchards, I also discovered the joy of homemade peach jam! I won’t go into that in this post, but I encourage you to make some- it was amazing! (I used the recipe in Put ’em Up, by Sherri Brooks Vinton.)

I have been canning on and off for the 12 years since we started farming. But I had a eureka moment after attending a class by blogger and cookbook author Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars fame. I had the mentality that canning needed to be an all day production involving crates of vegetables, cases of jars, a hot kitchen and my big black enamelware canning pot. Low and behold, Marisa talked about small batch canning, 3 pints or even better, 6 half pint jars of jam at a time. And, here comes the clincher: using your staple stock pot, not the big black canning pot that takes an hour to get the water to boil.

I ordered a cheap flexible flower-shaped trivet for sitting the jars on in the bottom of my pot and voila, my basic 12-quart stainless-steel stock pot was turned into a maneageable canning pot.  As long as your jars can be covered by an inch or two of boiling water, you can use any size pot you’ve got.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is a place for the big canning pot: salsa, and canned whole tomatoes, and my grandmothers sweet and sour relish, those I like to spend part of a day on and do in big batches. But pickled okra, pickled garlic scapes, pickled jalapeno, bread and butter pickles, and fruit jams with various herbs- now those can be done in smaller amounts in an hour or so. Smaller batches takes some of the pressure off to produce larger quantities and puts the fun back into exploring new flavor combinations. From past experience I’ve learned that you may can a lot of something, but if it’s not a hit, it will sit for a year in your pantry collecting dust. So making smaller batches is a great way to find your family’s favorite preserves, and to focus your precious time on canning what you really can’t make it through winter without!

Pickled Jalapenos

*This basic recipe is from Food in Jars. It makes approx. 5 half pint jars.

Prepare a boiling water bath and boil your empty jars while preparing the other ingredients. Place the lids in a small saucepan and simmer over very low heat.

Combine 2 cups distilled white vinegar, 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons pickling salt in a pot over high heat and bring the brine to a boil.

Meanwhile prepare 1 pound jalapeno peppers (about 1 quart). Wearing rubber gloves (very important!!), slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise, but leave on the seeds and guts- this is where the heat is.

Pack the peppers tightly into the jars. Pour in the hot brine, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Gently tap the jars on a towel lined surface to release any air bubbles before using a wooden chopstick to dislodge any more bubbles. Check the headspace and add any more brine if necessary.

Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boling water bath for 10 minutes.

Let these pickles cure for at least one week before eating. Tom loves these in burritos, on hot dogs or nachos, on scrambled eggs with tomatoes- anywhere you want a little extra heat.

The cantaloupe we are growing at the farm is a new variety this season with a wonderful aromatic sweet flavor. They don’t have the best shelf life, however, so I rescued one that was a bit soft and headed for the compost heap. It made the best small batch of cantaloupe jam. And I figured since cantaloupes have been in the share for the past few weeks, you too might want something new to do with them. The cantaloupe I used was on the larger end, so I even had a few slices left to eat.

Cantaloupe Preserves

*This recipe is from Put ’em Up!

Cut one cantaloupe into 1-inch chunks; you should have about 4 cups. Combine the melon with 1/2 cup water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Stir together 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons Pomona’s Universal Pectin powder. Add the mixture to the boiling fruit and stir some more. When the mixture returns to a boil, stir in 2 teaspoons calcium water (included in the Pomona box, with instructions), 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to enable air bubbles to settle out. Skim off any foam (and enjoy a taste!).

You can refrigerate for up to 3 weeks, or can it using the boiling-water method. Process for 10 minutes- it should fill about 4 half pint jars.

Photos and text by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner.