So maybe your kids don’t usually shout “I want to make pickles!” when you ask, “What should we do today?” It’s not a top-of-mind kind of family activity. But that’s about to change.
The process of pickling—picking fruits and veggies, cleaning them, seasoning them, labelling them, eating them—can foster a love of growing things, local farms and fresh food. It teaches kids about seasons, agriculture and preservation. It can be a little messy (but not too messy), which is fun for little ones, and the costs involved are minimal. It can also allow you to get a jump-start on holiday gifts (oh yes, we took it there). And one afternoon of work will leave you with results that can be enjoyed well into next year.
There is a plethora of ways to pack a pickle, but here’s a basic recipe and equipment list to get you started.
Because you’ll want to be the one dealing with the boiling water, here are some safe ways to keep your kids involved:
Cukes aren’t the only thing worth pickling. Explore some of the suggestions below:
Give our Speedy Garlic Dills a try!