Get ready for it. We found 19 piquant pickled recipes that are sure to make you pucker up! The variety of preserved goodies from around the world and the creative way at least one throw-away food is transformed — we’re looking at you, watermelon rind — is so inspiring. Let’s whip out those Mason jars and get pickling!
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1. Beer Battered Pickles With Garlic and Dill Sauce: Satisfy your inner Snookie with this elegant take on fried pickles. (via 10th Kitchen)
2. Japanese Pickled Ginger: Whip up a batch to accompany homemade heart-shaped sushi and let the chips fall where they may. #Winning (via Fake Food Free)
3. Garlic Cumin Sauerkraut: Have fun experimenting with the lacto-fermentation process in your own kitchen! This well-seasoned kraut pairs well with more than just hot dogs. (via Bare Root)
4. Instant Raw Mango Chunda: This hot-sweet-sour mango pickle, popular in northern India, is terrific served with flatbread. (via Shweta in the Kitchen)
5. Spicy Pickled Dilly Beans: Preserve a bumper crop of beans this way, and you’ll enjoy a taste of summer all year long. (via Crumb)
6. Pickled Deviled Eggs: A few hours in a beet juice-based brine is the trick to creating a gorgeous ring of color around the exterior. Don’t they remind you of dyed Easter eggs? (via Babble)
7. Quick Pickled Apples: Forget the applesauce, Peter Brady, pork chops with pickled apples is where it’s at — now ain’t that swell? (via Food 52)
8. Giardiniera: Perk up your next antipasti platter with this Italian pickled winter veggie blend. (via The New York Times)
9. Preserved Lemons with Herbs de Provence: Have a recipe that calls for preserved lemons, but can’t find a store nearby that carries them? DIY to the rescue! Salt, sugar, and lemon juice are the three key elements to creating this unexpected pickle that’s eaten rind and all! (via The Chef’s Wife)
10. Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions: Pickled onions are a terrific condiment to have on hand to brighten a host of dishes. In this case, they’re used to balance the fattiness of homemade crackly carnitas. (via Oh Sweet Basil)
11. Korean Pork and Kimchi Tacos: Whether you use store bought or from-scratch kimchi, we can see why these smoky, gingery, garlicky, spicy, tangy pork-belly tacos might become your next favorite recipe too. (via Five and Spice)
12. Quick Refrigerator Tarragon Pickled Carrots and Asparagus: Refrigerator pickles are a great way to get in on the DIY pickle action without any canning skills whatsoever. Give these two classic, non-cucumber recipes a try! (via Gourmande in the Kitchen)
13. Vermouth Spiked Cocktail Onions: A top-shelf martini certainly deserves a classy cocktail onion. This booze-boosted version sounds like just the thing. (via Saveur)
14. Pickled Salmon with Cucumber and Mint: Serve this elegant dish in endive spears at your next fête? (P.S. The salmon isn’t cooked, so play it a little safer by using sashimi-grade fish.) (via Art de Fete)
15. Spicy, Savory, Sweet Watermelon Rind Pickles: Upcycle the rind from your next watermelon by turning it into summery pickles. (via Food 52)
16. Spiced Citrus Pickled Shrimp: A refreshing shrimp cocktail upgrade, raw shrimp are cooked in an aromatic liquid then quickly pickled in a spicy, citrusy blend. (via Aida Mollenkamp)
17. French Pickled Garlic: Adding these unique pickles to homemade vinaigrette, hummus or a dirty martini are just a few tasty options. (via Food Plus Words)
18. Pickled Fennel With Orange Zest: Serve this licorice-y pickle alongside a roast or as part of a spread of cheese and salumi. (via The Chef’s Wife)
19. Pickled Jalapeños: After tasting these no-canning-required pickled peppers, you may never want to purchase a jar from the store again! (via A Sage Amalgam)
Are you feeling the “we can pickle that” spirit? Talk to us in the comments!