10 Foods You Really Should Be Pickling

1. Green tomatoes.

As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

A pickle is defined as a small cucumber preserved in a brine, but why do we have to be limited to the cucumber? To pickle is to preserve something in a pickling liquid. And something can pretty much be translated into anything. People pickle carrots pretty regularly, but there’s a whole world of pickles out there to be explored. (And by explored we mean made in your kitchen.)

The thing about pickles is they’re a great way to preserve fresh produce. If you don’t think you’ll get to all those strawberries before they spoil, you can pickle them. Or if you’re just going to toss out those swiss chard stems, you should know they also make great pickles. Basically, pickles are food waste warriors ― plus, they taste great on a sandwich. If the thought of making pickles freaks you out, we promise it’s way easier than you think. And we’re going to prove it to you with these 10 recipes below.

Pickled Strawberries
Love And Olive Oil
Get the Pickled Strawberries recipe from Love & Olive Oil
Pickled Swiss Chard Stems
Feed Me Dearly via Food52
Get the Pickled Swiss Chard Stems recipe from Feed Me Dearly via Food52
Pickled Okra
Alexandra's Kitchen
Get the Pickled Okra recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Love And Olive Oil
Get the Pickled Green Tomatoes recipe from Love & Olive Oil
Zucchini Pickles
Alexandra Stafford via Food52
Get the Zuni Cafe Zucchini Pickles recipe from Alexandra Stafford via Food52
Pickled Turnips
Alexandra's Kitchen
Get the Pickled Turnips recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
Quick Pickled Beets
Feasting at Home
Get the Quick Pickled Beets recipe from Feasting at Home
Pickled Watermelon Rind
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Pickled Watermelon Rind recipe from Nancy Manlove via Food52
Pickled Dilly Green Beans
Foodie Crush
Get the Pickled Dilly Green Beans recipe from Foodie Crush
Pickled Eggs
Alexandra's Kitchen
Get the Pickled Eggs recipe from Alexandra's Kitchen
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