I'd like to make a variety of customized, delicious pickles to give as gifts to family members this Xmas. Share your favourite recipes and best practices, please!
I'm a virgin pickler, but a long-time pickle-lover. I'm trying to keep the Xmas craziness (at least for the adults in my life) down to a minimum of expense and consumerism this year, but maintain the individualism and love in the gifts I give. I've decided to make custom pickles for my parents and adult siblings, because who doesn't love pickles?!?! There are some great recipes in this old askme
, but I'd love to hear some suggestions of recipes tailored to my specific specs (preferably recipes you've tried and succeeded with), as well as pointers on easy, (relatively) quick, and non-food-poisoning pickling methods! Here are some general guidelines of what I'm looking to make (but suggestions outside these parameters also welcome if they are truly mid-blowing an must-make):
For the bro: spicy pickled green beans and asparagus (for use in Caesars and Bloody Marys)
For the mom: good ol'fashioned garlicky dills
For the pop: spicy, spicy, spicy pickled peppers (did I mention they should be SPICY?!)
For the sis: something sweet (maybe a fruit? Cherries?? I dunno....a little stumped on this one)
For the sis-in-law: kimchi?! Maybe?
For the bro-in-law: spicy pickled cukes
Any and all recipes, protips, warnings, etc greatly appreciated!