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The Quickles Experiment

The Everyday Journalista, Everyday Journalista, Quickles, Epicure, Making pickles, canning, Easy pickles, Quick pickles, cooking, recipes, I am super excited to have this week's post by a guest contributor! On a personal note this is even more exciting as this guest contributor is my sister :).

She has been so supportive of my blog and has been known to text me with a typo I have let slip in one of my posts. She’s always got my back!

She loves to cook and is constantly trying new recipes, and I have been asking her for a while now to share her experience with a recipe that she has tried.

When she told me she had purchased this ‘Quickles’ spice from Epicure I mentioned that I really wanted to know how it turned out, as I too am a lover of pickles, and I think a lot of other people would be interested as well. So here we are.

So without further ado, welcome to the Quickle Experiment ;)


 

The Everyday Journalista, Everyday Journalista, Quickles, Epicure, Making pickles, canning, Easy pickles, Quick pickles, cooking, recipes, I’ve been a pickle lover for many years, and being someone who loves to cook, I’ve tried a few times to make homemade pickles. Sadly, they never seem to turn out right.

So when one of my favorite companies (Epicure) came out with a product called ‘Quickles’ I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

 Just as the title suggests these are quick pickles. A quick and easy option for pickle lovers.

 

 

Start with some pickling dills or mini cucumbers. The number needed will vary based on the size of the cukes you use. I just used Farmer's Market mini cucumbers from my local grocery store.

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For the brine you will need:

1 1/4 Cups of Water

3/4 Cup of Vinegar

1 Tbsp of Epicure Quickle Mix

2 Tbsp of Sugar

1 tsp Course Sea Salt

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The instructions for the Quickles only makes 2 cups of liquid so I decided to make a double batch for my pickle-loving family of four.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. This goes really quick, once the liquid is boiling you only have to simmer it for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

The Everyday Journalista, Everyday Journalista, Quickles, Epicure, Making pickles, canning, Easy pickles, Quick pickles, cooking, recipes,While the brine was simmering I cut my mini cucumbers lengthwise into quarters and stood them up in a clean glass jar. If you are using pickling dills you can probably skip the cutting step and place your cukes straight into the jars.

These pickles are really quick and easy to make and the best part is there is not sterilization needed!

 

 

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Once the brine is ready simply pour into your prepared jars. I used a little funnel to prevent any spilling. Put the lids on right away and allow them to cool completely.

Chill in the fridge and that's it! Pickles for dinner. Store in the fridge and enjoy :).

 

 

 


 

I would like to say a big thank you to my sister for her blog contribution :). Sadly I did not get to sample the Quickles as we live on opposite ends of the country, but I am going to try my hand at making them and I've decided I will definitely be adding some of the dill I have growing in my herb planter :)

 

Now, I had a few questions for my sister following her Quickles experiment and I found her answers very helpful so I have decided to share them with you as well:

Would you make them again?

Yes! They don't taste like dill pickles from the store, but lets be honest, they don't have any dill in them. I thought they were yummy and will definitely be making them again. I am also excited to try the Quickles mix to pickle some beans and asparagus.

Would you do anything different?

They were good and flavorful and they are long gone. But I felt they were missing a little something. So next time I will be adding some garlic. Perhaps 2 cloves per jar.  Just place in the jar with the cukes and then brine over top. Might even try adding some dill.

If you want to take more time you can go ahead and add these other things, but really these are Quickles, the idea is that you can whip these up quickly with very little effort.

Were they crunchy?

Yes they were. Even several days later they had a good crunch to them. Not sure how long that lasts as they didn't even last the week in our house.

 

If you decide to conduct your own Quickles experiment I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Pickling, or should I say Quickle-ing... sorry I couldn't resist :)

 

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