|Half of my cucumbers...|
We're renting a garden plot where I've planted more cukes!
The kids were curious about "lime pickles," so I thought I'd write a post about it.
|Slaked Lime/ Calcium Hydroxide|
1 cup pickling lime
6 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
6 cups sugar
2 tablespoons pickling spice
1 tablespoon salt
Combine cucumber slices, pickling lime, and water to cover in a nonaluminum stockpot; stir well.
1-2 cups salt
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. mustard seeds
1 tbsp. fenugreek seeds
20-25 dried red chillies
1 tsp. turmeric powder
|Cut the lime into small pieces |
(Preseve the juice while cutting)
Put lime pieces in a large pickle or glass jar and add salt.
Shake jar to coat all pieces.
Keep aside for 5-6 days till lime becomes tender.
(stir it with a dry laddle once everyday.)
Dry roast the cumin, mustard, fenugreek, and red chillies.
Add turmeric and grind to a powder.
Add ground powder to the lime pieces.
Mix well with a clean dry spoon.
Allow 4-5 days before eating.
Preserve in clean dry airtight jars.
Heat 2 tsp. oil and fry 1 tsp. mustard seeds and add 1/2 tsp. asafoetida to it.
Add this to the pickle and mix well.
A 2 pound batch of citrus can make enough to last a year or more. for the best keeping quality follow these precautions:
- when making them be sure that the peels are absolutely free of water, they must be completely dry. water-wet peels going into a jar are pretty much guaranteed to foster mold.
- once it has completely broken down, and for long term storage in the fridge, make sure all of the citrus is submerged in the gel-like liquid.
- a clean and dry spoon must be used to take out what will be served. place the cap right back on, and if you go back for more, use a new spoon. if there is an uneaten portion, never put it back in the jar, just eat it later!
- when making big batches i transfer them to smaller jars before putting in the fridge, and go through them one at a time. doing this usually eliminates any problems as you are not going in and out of a jar for over a year.
Gingery Lime Pickle
This recipe is from Tigress in a Pickle. Don't you just love that name? I plan to try this because of the ginger. I'm a fan, both of flavor and for it's soothing effect on the tummy.
8 large organic limes
juice of 3 limes (or 2 lemons)
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cayenne powder (or paprika, or 1/2 & 1/2)
1 cup julienned ginger
3 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida powder or with a mortar and pestle.
Substitute ¼ tsp asafoetida powder with ¼ garlic powder + ¼ onion powder.
1/2 gallon jar
1. wipe limes clean with a wet cloth, and then a dry. let sit in a warm place for an hour or so to dry completely. slice off button ends, and quarter.
2. place one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and asafoetida powder in a dry skillet and toast for about 3-4 minutes, until the fenugreek seeds are just a shade darker. (if you have never smelled asafoetida powder before, don't be alarmed, it's supposed to smell that way). let cool and grind in a spice grinder
3. fill the jar with limes and ginger. add the spice powder, fenugreek seeds, salt, sugar and turmeric. add the cayenne powder, paprika, or some mixture thereof. or you can earn your tigress stripes and go for this:
extra hot cayenne pepper. do take note, that though this seems like a lot of hot it mellows out during the preserving process - and you do want a bite.
4. pour the lemon juice into the jar. place the cap on and give it a good shake this way and that, making sure that the spices distribute evenly around the ginger and citrus.
5. place it in the sun, giving it a good shake once a day. if you see the cap lifting in the center from pressure, or the whole thing hisses at you when you walk by, don't take it personally, slowly open it and release the fermentation gasses. gently. if it's hot outside when you make these, put them outdoors, making sure to bring them in at night. or just keep them on a sunny windowsill.
6. this indian pickle generally takes about 6 weeks, and sometimes up to 8 or 9. test after the 5 week mark. limes are usually slower to break down than lemons. you want to be able to sink your teeth into them, and your mouth should explode when you do