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A Simple Way to Pickle Flowers

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A Simple Way to Pickle Flowers

By Sarah, Gardenista

SF-based Louesa Roebuck has a talent for turning unexpected bounties of foraged produce into beautiful works of art. Case in point: Earlier this spring, she pickled cherry blossoms with her friend Sylvan Mishima Brackett from Peko Peko. Below is an easy tutorial by Roebuck of what they prepared in Sylvan’s clubhouse and test kitchen.

Above: When picking blossoms, Roebuck recommends looking for tender young leaves and buds that are still fairly new and tight. Some may be more open and that’s fine. Soak them overnight. The next morning let them drip dry.

Above: Then sprinkle with handfuls of salt, generously. Put into a nonreactive container, glass or ceramic. Then put a weight on the top, using something which is at least three times as heavy as the flowers.

As they sit in water, the flowers and leaves will leach to form a fragrant brine; eventually you want all the flowers submerged. Let sit for four days in a cool, dark spot, then pick leaves and flowers out with your hands and squeeze out and discard brine.

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12:55PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thanks but i don't think i will

12:23PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

then put them on a big mac and eat, right?

4:33AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

What a neat idea, thanks for sharing...

1:49PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Thanks. I've used flowers in lots of ways but never heard of pickling them.

7:17AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:08PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I love trying something new, I'm going to give this one a go.

12:33PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I really like this idea. Sounds odd, but why not? I don't know why some people don't like trying new stuff...

11:48AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

not sure why I'd want to, but now I know how :)

8:59AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

thanks

6:46AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

ok.

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