'preserving' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Duck Ham

Van Boven's take on Duck Ham is a quick salt cure, an almost effortless process that required barely any effort at all, especially when considering just how impressive homemade duck ham sounds. It's basically a matter of procuring a nicely fatty duck breast, scoring the layer of fat, sprinkling it it orange zest, and submerging the duck in a mountain of kosher salt. More

In a Pickle: Pickled Red Tomatoes

Late summer and its joyous glut of tomatoes is a bittersweet time for a canner. Tomatoes signal the end of summer fruit and bring with them the knowledge that the growing season is nearing its end. However, there's just so darn much that can be done with tomatoes that the possibilities make this preserver positively giddy. More

Blueberry Orange Ginger Jam

This jam pairs peak-of-the-season blueberries with fresh orange juice and a double dose of ginger (fresh and ground). Because it's less sugary, it's great for pairing with sweeter breakfast treats like fruity muffins, banana bread, and zucchini bread. Save a jar for the dead of winter, when you need a reminder of the warm months ahead. More

Edible DIY: Marinated Artichoke Hearts

The bay leaves give these artichokes a subtle woodsy, almost piney flavor, and you can really taste the citrus and spice. They would be perfect in salads (naturally), as a pizza topping, or as part of an antipasti platter. The best part is you use frozen artichoke hearts—so easy! No stemming, blanching, or trimming of outer leaves required. More

Bachelor's Jam: Preserving Fresh Summer Fruits with Booze

You can always preserve summer's flavors with mixtures of sugar, salt or vinegar, but for another way to enjoy the season's strawberries, cherries, and peaches during the colder months of the year, try that other venerable food preservative and flavor enhancer: liquor. Bachelor's Jam, which involves the use of that powerful preservative and flavor enhancer, liquor. Bachelor's jam is basically a boozy form of preserves, also called "officer's jam," that combines fresh fruit, sugar, and ample measure of strong spirits. More

Cook the Book: Indian Pickle

After doing a bit of research in the world of Indian pickling I'm going to have to say that this Indian Pickle from Put 'em Up! aren't likely to be found anywhere in Mumbai or Kashmir. These pickles made from cucumbers, cauliflower, onions, and carrots struck me as more of an Indian accented giardiniera or piccalilli, and a perfect sandwich pickle. More

Cook the Book: Pickled Ginger Peaches

To those of you not familiar with this classic Southern pickle, adding copious amounts of vinegar and sugar to perfectly ripe summer peaches might sound a little strange. But bear with me here—the combination of vinegar, sugar, and a few choice spices turn summer peaches in to a spectacular pickle that can be enjoyed well after peach season is over. More

Chinese Plum Sauce

The following recipe is from the July 28 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! My penchant for over buying summer produce struck again over the weekend and I found myself... More

Cook the Book: Szechuan Beans

This recipe for quick-pickled Szechuan Beans from Sherri Brooks Vinton's Put 'em Up! takes the green bean's snappy nature and pairs it with the numbing heat of Szechuan peppercorns for a jar of beans that won't last long in the fridge. They're infused with a perfect balance of the five primary taste sensations. The sweetness comes from the sugar; the acidity from cider vinegar; the salt by way of soy sauce; a slight vegetal bitterness from the barely blanched beans; and heat from the Szechuan peppercorns, garlic, and ginger. More

Cook the Book: 'Put 'em Up!'

With a little planning and a few afternoons in the kitchen you can preserve all of the wonderful flavors of summer by, well, preserving. Put 'em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton is the modern cooks' guide to preserving, employing the tried and true techniques of canning and pickling but also taking advantage of less labor and time-intensive fermenting, freezing, and drying. Enter to win a copy here. More

Cook the Book: Spicy Tomato Jam

I recently encountered the kind of dilemma that only occurs in mid-summer. I was packing to go away for the weekend when I noticed the bowl of beautiful, perfectly ripe tomatoes sitting on the counter. The problem? The tomatoes would be way past their prime by the time I returned Sunday night. As I sat pondering their fate, I flipped through the pages of Farm to Fork by Emeril Lagasse and came up with an ideal solution: this quick Spicy Tomato Jam. More

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