Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pickled Pineapple Two Ways #fijchallenge

Pickled Pineapple
We are now in the fifth month of our year-long food preservation Mastery Challenge hosted by Marisa of the popular canning blog, Food In Jars. This month we are focusing on cold pack preserving. Also known as raw pack, to cold pack something simply means the food is raw when it's packed in the jars. Hot liquid is added and then jars are put in a bath of boiling water or steam. The purpose of this challenge is to expand our skills while preserving a food ingredient that we will actually use. This time I pickled pineapple using two different flavor profiles.

Pineapple might sound like a crazy thing to pickle, but think about it in a salad or a sandwich and all the flavor it can bring. Also imagine the dimension this would add to a cheese plate, or any meat or veggie dish. Since we are in between seasons in the PNW, I found that pineapple is an easy and convenient ingredient to bridge winter and spring produce.

The first batch I made was a spicy pickled pineapple which was very spicy and tangy. The heat comes from thin slices of jalapeno peppers and their seeds. The tang is from rice wine vinegar and fresh lime juice. My only concern was the acidity of the rice wine vinegar which was 4.2% as everything I’ve been reading says you need 5% for food safety. This recipe is good for 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from Running To The Kitchen.


yield: 3-1/2 pintsprint recipe

Spicy Pickled Pineapple

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pineapple cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup rice vinegar 4.2%
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced into thin circles, including seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Juice of 2 limes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the vinegar, sugar, salt and lime juice in a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the pineapple and jalapeno into prepared jars. Pour the vinegar mixture over the pineapple, it should just cover the top slice.
  3. Seal and refrigerate at least 24 hours before eating. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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The second style was a refrigerator style sweet pickle. For this batch I used whole cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon sticks and apple cider vinegar. After 24 hours we tasted the juicy wedge-like pickles and were not disappointed. They were everything I thought they would be, sweet, tangy with the wonderful earthy and floral flavors shining right through.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from Edible Milwaukee.


yield: 3 to 4 1/2 pintsprint recipe

Refrigerator Style sweet Pickled Pineapple

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pineapple cut into 1 inch wedges
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 stick cinnamon, broken
  • 1/8 of a whole nutmeg, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon whole cardamom pods

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine brown sugar, vinegar and pineapple juice in a large stainless steel pot. Place spices into a cheesecloth, tie corners into a pouch; add to pot. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add pineapple to pickling solution; simmer until hot throughout. Remove pineapple pieces from pot and keep hot. Heat syrup to a boil; remove spice bag. Pack hot pineapple into warm jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Ladle hot pickling solution into jars over pineapple, leaving ¼ inch head space. Remove air bubbles.
  3. Wipe clean and processed jar rims, place lids on top and screw on bands. Cool to room temperature then place in refrigerator for storage. keep jars stored in refrigerator for approximately 2 months.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

52 comments:

  1. I have never thought of pickling pineapples..what a fun idea!

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    1. Thanks Angie, these are my favorite so far of all the pickling I have done. My husband really likes the spicy ones.

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  2. The spicy pickled pineapple is very good - has a real nice kick to it Don

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  3. Wow!! what a great idea. I am gonna make it soon. :)

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    1. Thanks Ritu, we are really enjoying these pickles!

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  4. I'm into this sorta thing. I love strawberry and jalapeno. Pineapple sounds like andther good one too. Cool beaners.

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    1. Strawberry and jalapeno sounds amazing, will have to give that combo a try. Funny that you say cool beaners as my sister and I always say cool beans to each other. Take care Ivy!

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    2. Cool beans and cool beaners. I like to mix 'em up.

      I love strawberry jam with jalapenos. The sweet and the spice sits nicely on a cracker. Yum.

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    3. Will definitely have to try this combo Ivy, and I could eat every meal on a cracker.

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  5. Cheri these look wonderful !! Love these !

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    1. Thanks Gloria, we do too, already on the second jar.

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  6. I have never thought of pickling pineapples, but of course! Why not! I can imagine what this must taste like, and I need it in my life!!

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    1. Thanks Cathleen, this is my favorite pickled ingredient so far in this preserving challenge, learning so much.

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  7. When I saw you canned pineapple and jalapeño.....The first image that came to my mind, was a pineapple and jalapeño margarita. This is a great idea. Your post expanded my horizons. I never thought to can pineapple but, why wouldn't you. I buy it in cans all the time.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva, pineapple and jalopeno margarita sounds crazy good, will have to try that sometime.

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  8. I never had pickled pineapple but I bet it tastes delicious. What a great idea!

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  9. I've never heard of pickled pineapples before. Sounds very interesting and I might try it when they are in season.

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    1. Hi Tandy, they are delicious and good on so many other foods.

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  10. Seeing the jars of pickled pineapple really made me drool!

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  11. So interesting. I've been seeing pineapple all over. I can imagine the sweet and spicy combo would indeed work really well in salads.

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    1. So far we've tried, a salad and tacos, but very good. Thanks Kim!

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  12. What a fun, delicious and unique idea. Chunks of this would be so wonderful on a cheese board!

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    1. Thanks Chris, I think so too, unsure of what kind of cheese though.

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  13. I've never pickled pineapple! Don't think I've even tasted it. Love both of these, particularly the spicy one. Good stuff -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John, the spicy one seems to be everyone's favorite so far, especially my husband's.

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  14. I love pickled foods but I haven't tried pineapple! Awesome idea, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Agness, we are enjoying the pineapple very much, great on salads and tacos.

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  15. I love pineapple but I haven't had pickled pineaple. this is such a wonderful idea, Cheri. I bet it tastes fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Anu, it does, my favorite ingredient so far to pickle.

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  16. Wow, pickled pineapple? I'm game to give it a try! It bet I'd love it :)

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    1. I think you would Liz, the "pickles" add alot of flavor. thanks for stopping by. Have a great week-end!

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  17. How brilliant! I've never had pickled pineapple but love the idea of the spicy version. My mother used to pickle watermelon rind and I even liked it. Wonderful post and recipes!

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    1. Hi Tricia, I've heard of pickled watermelon, will definitely give it a try. Have a great Memorial week-end!

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  18. Oh my gosh! This is a new one, awesome Cheri! We love pineapple and pickling fruit, etc., but never considered pickling pineapple. Thanks for the recipe, it's a must try!

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    1. I am discovering that I do too Pam, now everything is beginning to look preservable to me;)

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  19. Oh Cheri, I have never had pickled pineapple...and I am loving the look of it...especially with a touch of heat. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana! it was new to me and I am loving the preservation challenge with Marisa at food in jars, everything is looking pickleable.

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  20. I wish my husband enjoyed pineapple. Both of these recipes sound terrific, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Susan, hope your have a wonderful Memorial week-end!

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  21. There's got to be so much pride seeing these jars in your fridge that you made yourself. I never heard of pickled pineapple...it's always great to learn something new. Thank you...and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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    1. Thanks Monica, yes you are so right, I feel wonderful just picking lettuce from the garden, kind of silly but true.

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  22. This is genius! We never had pickled pineapple before but now we are intrigue to try some, thanks Cheri for both recipes!

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    1. Thanks Anna and Liz, I am now hooked on pickling, thinking watermelon rind next.

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  23. I wasn't aware of the acidity content being an issue for preserving. I'm so glad you mention that, Cheri! I do think this would be a great addition to a cheese plate. Thanks for another interesting and unique recipe!

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    1. Thanks David, yes, I think pickled pineapple would be excellent on a cheese plate.

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  24. Why have I never had pickled pineapple before??? This sounds awesome!!

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  25. Wow now I'm really sad I didn't get to this challenge! May just need to do it late.

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    1. Thanks Inger, hope you get the chance would love to see what you come up with.

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