I Can Haz Pickles?

17 Jul

Where would I be without the Internet?


Obviously, this blog wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t have a job. I’d have to glean useless knowledge from books and I probably wouldn’t laugh as much on a daily basis as I currently do.

My friends and I, like most people, enjoy a certain amount of, what shall we call it, the sending of links? Not to the annoying level (I hope) of say, my aunt who likes to send out those stupid emails that ask you to think of a number and concentrate really hard, blah, blah, blah.

No, I prefer to think that our link sending has a certain level of sophistication, that it serves an international purpose, that we’re trying to educate ourselves by drinking from the font of interweb knowledge and exploring new levels of social discourse. What? You’re not buying this? Okay. Fine. I’ll admit it. Yes, there is a lot of CO and LOLcatz. There. Are you happy now? So embarrassed…


Recently I sent a link to a food product I’m sure you will all be very shocked to hear I’d like to try, Pickle Sickles, to my pickle-loving (but not that much) friend and possible BBQ-crawl co-conspirator Dave. After he made several IM-speak icky noises he sent me back this link saying they’re his favorite and that the Boy and I should try them and that I’m demented for ever even thinking of eating frozen pickle brine. Some people will just never understand picklemania…

And so, with three bunches of baby carrots leftover from the Independence Day cookout that got rained out moldering away in the fridge the Boy and I made Firecrackers. Of course, I couldn’t stick to Alton‘s recipe. I mean, who keeps onion powder, or for that matter, white sugar, around the house anyway?

Ann's Summer Sparklers

I mixed and substituted and boiled and washed and packed and poured and cooled and then chilled our little carrots. And then we waited. And waited. Three or four whole days we waited. Finally, it was time. We cracked the lid and gingerly pulled one out.

And how were they? So good. So very, very good. Corgi puppy levels of good. Disapproving Rabbits levels of good. And yes, even Dramatic Chipmunk levels of good.

Ann's Summer Sparklers

They’re spicy, tangy, crunchy and just ever so slightly sweet. So go on, make yourself some Firecrackers, or, better yet, some of my Summer Sparklers or if you prefer cucumbers, try some of Lisa’s Dilly Guys. Just get on it and bottle yourself some of this amazing summer produce.

Or, if you really must, you can pickle some sausages.


That might be taking it just a little too far, even for me!

Head below the jump for the recipe for Ann’s Summer Sparklers.

Ann’s Summer Sparklers

prep time: 15 minutes ~ cooking time: 10 minutes ~ putting up time: a few days

  • 3 bunches of Baby Carrots (about a pound), washed, tops trimmed or some of those baby carrots you can get in bags at the grocery store 2 for $3 or whatever
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 cups White Vinegar or Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3 tsps Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsps Dried Chili Flakes
  • 2 tsps Fiesty Onion Kick (this is what I used as a substitute for Onion Powder, you should try it, it’s awesome)
  • 4 Hot Dried Chilis
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, smashed

Place the baby carrots in two pickling jars. If you’ve got a healthy mix of really tiny ones and slightly bigger ones, segregate them. That way you’ll be able to eat the skinnier ones first.

Tuck two chilies and 2 cloves of garlic into each jar. Place the remaining ingredients into a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium-high flame. Boil for 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and CAREFULLY pour the mixture over the carrots in the jars, filling to the top. Allow the jars to cool before covering. Once cool place in the fridge and allow to pickle for at least 2 days and Alton says up to one week. Use your better judgment. If the pickles are furry, don’t eat them. Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown’s “Firecrackers.”


15 Responses to “I Can Haz Pickles?”

  1. Lydia July 17, 2007 at 9:35 am #

    Those carrots look delicious! I make cucumber pickles all the time, but have never pickled carrots. Clearly it’s time I try it!

  2. Anne July 17, 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    At the risk of sounding like a stereotypical pregnant lady…I LUVS me some pickles, and these seem like a good alternative to my dwindling Gus’s container. Where, by the way, I was STEPS from during our meet up on Sunday, and completely blanked and am now short on my evening pickle snack supply. ARGH.

  3. Lisa (Homesick Texan) July 17, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    How did I miss Pickle Sickles????? I’m going to try and make some tonight! Though your firecrackers are also mighty tempting.

  4. Elena July 17, 2007 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh how I hate to ask a dumb question, but I’m going to make the firecrackers and I need to know exactly how to locate dried chiles?

    Can this recipe/method also be used for the cute pickling cucumbers at my produce stand?

  5. ann July 17, 2007 at 6:22 pm #

    Lydia — I adore pickled carrots, they have such a lovely texture. I hope you love them too

    Anne — Hilarious! That’s one of the reasons i think someday I might enjoy being pregnant, so my pickle obsession will no longer look curious ;-)

    Lisa(ht) — if you try it, let us know! I think they’d be awesome in a nice frosty martini!

    Elena — No stupid questions around here! just stupid answers ;-) But seirously, you can use any kind of dried chile, whether they be from an Indian market or a Mexican market or just the grocery store. Just no smoked ones. That might add a strange flavor to the brine. As to cucumbers, I think it would be lovely! If you try it, please let me know.

  6. Christina July 18, 2007 at 1:21 am #

    Ah, pickles. This reminded me that I still have to post about the beginnings of my pickle-making experiments this summer, partly inspired by your own pickle-loving self. I’ll wait for the winter sweet carrots to make the firecrackers, but I may try that brine with another summer vegetable soon. Thanks, as always, for the entertaining inspiration (and link-a-licious education)!

  7. Terry B July 18, 2007 at 10:31 am #

    Okay, so everyone’s talking about the carrots and pickles. Myself, I loved the gratuitous goofy links here, Ann. Here’s one for you. Chad Vader, Darth’s younger brother, working as a day shift manager in a grocery store. There are eight episodes in all—this is the first one:

  8. lobstersquad July 18, 2007 at 12:11 pm #

    wow. seriously amazing. now I only have to find some baby carrots, which is pretty impossible but I´ll try

  9. Toni July 18, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    Anne – I seriously love this post. I love the pickle idea for carrots. Well, that’s not hard to understand. I love carrots!!! This coming Sunday, I’m buying up a load of them to make these with!

    And now, on to your links……….

  10. Toni July 18, 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    OMG…….I am laughing hysterically at those links!!! The one from the Village Voice had me on the floor, as well as the one that Terry B sent to you. Thanks!!

  11. ann July 19, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    Christina — Glad to be of service! Pickles rule!

    TerryB — Awesome! I love that! I can’t believe no one’s passed that one onto me yet. After I got to work the day I wrote this post I sat there positively kicking myself for forgetting to include this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0bK63uSTTNs
    Possibly one of the awesomest things EVER.

    Lobstersquad — I’ll send you baby carrots if you send me some of that salted tuna loin ;-)

    Toni — Hehe, I’m glad you liked them. The Hip Hop Tautologies is a particular favorite of mine (and the Boy’s) as well. Too damn funny. I’m glad you like the carrots idea too, they’re kinda awesome.

  12. Arianne July 19, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    “I have been tagged to post 8 random facts. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts: Each participant posts eight random facts about themselves. Tagees should write a blogpost of eight random facts about themselves. At the end of the post, eight more bloggers are tagged. Go to their blog and leave a comment telling them they’re tagged.”

  13. s'kat July 19, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    These pickled carrots you speak of… colour me enchanted! (HUGE fan of lolcats)

  14. ann July 19, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    Arrianne — Thank you so much for tagging me! I’m terrible at these memes though (just ask TerryB!) so I’ll see if I can work it into something. I’m utterly flattered regardless!

    s’kat — Thank god someone else loves the lolcats. They bring such joy to my day. I realised after the fact of writing this post that I should have lolpickled one of the picture, you know, all “I’m in yr fridge, soakin all yr brine.” That would have been funny. *sigh*

  15. lee July 23, 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    I heart the dramatic chipmunk!!! I must admit that my husband is driving me a little nuts with the LOLcatz speak. This too shall pass!

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