Craigmillar Community Grows (CCG) is a Carr Gomm initiative. From running workshops aimed at bringing people together across the community, encouraging a healthy approach to spending time outdoors, and developing areas of greenspace in Craigmillar and Niddrie - - CCG is a much loved community project.  

Most recently, local community worker Karin, has been hosting workshops to teach people how to pickle vegetables in preparation for winter.

The recipe included a combination of chopped veg, fruit, herbs, and spices. After choosing a favourite veg or fruit to pickle, the jar was filled to the brim with brine.  Our brine was made from 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 quarter spoon of salt, and half a cup of dissolved sugar.

For perfect results, the jars were slightly boiled, before being cooled and filled. Each jar and its yummy contents was then popped in the fridge, ready to be eaten the very next day! 

Quick pickling is a brilliant solution for preserving a plethora of vegetables from the market or your garden. It doesn’t require canning or lots of produce. Best of all, you can adapt its simple formula for any fresh vegetables; why not try a mixture of vinegars and spices for a truly custom pickle?

Quick pickles are also known as refrigerator pickles. It's simply vegetables that have been pickled in a vinegar, water, and salt (sometimes sugar, too) solution and stored in the fridge.

Pickling is best done with super-fresh vegetables. Almost any vegetable can be pickled, and the shape you choose to pickle in is entirely up to you. For example, carrots can be peeled and sliced into matchsticks or coins. Cherry tomatoes are best preserved whole.

Karin says: “The benefit of pickling is that it preserves veg for the upcoming winter months. It is also enjoyable and easy to do. Everyone at the workshop learned a new skill and got to spend time together in a socially distanced way. I believe anyone could give it a go. The recipe came from ‘fork in the road,’ written by Morvern who made our Craigmillar Community Grows Edible Stories book.”

You are welcome to learn more about Edible Stories.

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