Whirlpool Refrigerators are Perfect for Pickling
Get ready to be like Peter Piper, because you are about to pick a whole peck of pickled peppers.
To help celebrate National Fruits and Veggies month, we decided to take a look at just what goes into the pickling process for both fruits and veggies. Even better, we also realized just how perfect our Whirlpool refrigerators were for pickling – and we wanted to make sure to pass that knowledge along to you, as well!
So, if you want to join in our leafy green celebration, grab some of your favorite fruits and vegetables and get ready to play with exquisite flavors that you’ll only have to wait a few days for. Bon appetit!
First, pick out some of your favorite vegetables that you want to pickle. Peppers are quite popular, but you can pickle pretty much any vegetable that you want too. Carrots? Yup. Tomatoes? Those work, too. And of course, we can’t forget cucumbers. Go with anything that you want to use as your base flavor. To prepare them, put them in jars, and then you’ll need to put the brine together with this easy recipe:
• 2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
• 3 cups water
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 5 tablespoons kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
Throw everything in a pot and boil it all together, then pour it in the jars with your vegetables. Now, this recipe already contains some spices and flavors with the mustard and red-pepper flakes, but the fun of canning is getting to play around with different spices. Here’s just an idea of some of the different herbs and spices you can throw in to really maximize your vegetables’ flavors:
Flavoring Quick Picks
• Fresh herbs: dill, thyme, oregano, and rosemary hold up well
• Dried herbs: thyme, dill, rosemary, oregano, or majoram
• Garlic cloves: smashed for mild garlic flavor, or sliced for stronger garlic flavor
• Fresh ginger: peeled and thinly sliced
• Whole spices: mustard seed, coriander, peppercorns, red pepper flakes
• Ground spices: turmeric or smoked paprika are great for both color and flavor
Play around and experiment! Different spices are going to pull out different flavors from the vegetables you pick, so find what you enjoy best.
Of course, you are going to need room in your refrigerator for all those jars of tasty vegetables you have brewing. Good thing a Whirlpool refrigerator will give you just that – some of Whirlpool’s fridges have 30 percent more storage, so you don’t have to feel like you have to throw out food to make room for your pack of pickled goods.
If you prefer apples to celery and grapes to broccoli, you’ll be happy to hear that fruits can also be pickled, which opens up Pandora’s jar to a whole new world of pickled peaches, cherries, and other sweets. Here’s a quick and easy recipe:
• 1 cup vinegar
• 1 cup water
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 Tbsp. salt
Boil everything up, and you’ll be all set for the brine. As for the spices for fruit, what about pairing some cinnamon with your apples? Unless you are feeling really brave and experimental, you’ll probably want to go with spices that are more fruit complimentary than spicy, but now we are really curious what a spicy pickled apple would taste like.
Anyways, all of this pickling is going to need some Grade A refrigeration. And if you use your Whirlpool Fridge, you’ll be able to take advantage of their can caddys: These areas give you space specifically for storing cans, so you have more room on your shelves for everything else. That’s just the wonder of Whirlpool.
If you are looking for help with picking out your next refrigerator and want to learn more about all the unique features that Whirlpool offers, give us a call or stop in today! And bring some of those yummy pickled foods over, while you are at it…