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Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

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Bread and butter pickles are my most favorite of all pickles except for sweet gherkins. Regardless, I like a sweet pickle. So when I saw mini-cucumbers at the grocery store the other day I wanted to try my hand at making my own bread and butter pickles.

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I never realized how easy it was to make your own pickles or to pickle any vegetable for that matter. The only thing that I wasn’t super thrilled with was that this recipe required a cup of sugar. I hardly ever consume white sugar so considering I wasn’t going to be eating the whole cup at one time and I used organic sugar, I allowed myself to be ok with it this time.

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So I got out my handy dandy little wavy veggie slicer and cut up my teeny tiny cucs into cute little wavey slices. Put them in a dish and sprinkled them with salt, covered them and put them in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

After an hour and a half or so I rinsed the salt off of the cucumbers with cold water and drained.  Then combined the onions and cucumbers and put aside while I made the hot vinegar mixture to pour over everything.

Luckily my hoarding of big jars with lids came in handy and I didn’t have to purchase a special one just for my pickles. I ended up using 2 jars but that’s cool because now I have a jar of pickles to give to my mom.

BONUS: Chop these little babies up and you’ve got homemade sweet relish.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
 
Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
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Recipe type: Vegan, Snack
Ingredients
  • 3 cups thinly sliced mini cucumbers
  • 1½ tablespoons sea salt
  • ½ of a thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice mini cucumbers thin. I sliced mine about a ½ of an inch thick.
  2. Place cucs in a shallow pan and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands to get the cucs and salt combined well.
  3. Cover and place in fridge for an hour and a half.
  4. Remove from fridge, in a colander rinse cucs with cold water and drain.
  5. In a bowl, toss sliced onions and cucs, set aside.
  6. In a medium saucepan combine white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, tumeric and bring to a simmer. Stirring until sugar is dissolved completely.
  7. Place cucs/onions in jar of choice and pour hot vinegar mixture over them.
  8. Let sit on the counter for an hour.
  9. Cover and place in fridge for 24 hours.
  10. Ta-da, you made bread and butter mini pickles.

 

 

 

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Coconut Palm Sugar & Nectar Explained

Coconut Palm Sugar & Nectar Explained

coconut palm nectar glycemic vitamins sugar vegan gluten free insulinI originally heard about Coconut Palm Sugar on the Dr. Oz Show. He was talking about this new sugar that didn’t cause sugar spikes and crashes making it better for diabetics, contains vitamins and could be used exactly the way you would use regular sugar in your coffee and baking with a 1:1 ratio.

Coconut palm sugar and nectar both have a low glycemic index (GI) measurement of 35 (compared to cane sugar’s 50). There are many benefits to mainly eating the low glycemic way.

  • Low GI diets increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin
  • Low GI carbohydrates improve diabetes control
  • Low GI carbohydrates reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Low GI carbohydrates reduce blood cholesterol levels
  • Low GI carbohydrates reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer
  • Low GI carbohydrates prolong physical endurance
  • Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
  • Low GI diets help minimize carbohydrate cravings
  • Low GI diets help minimize energy crashes

The low GI makes it an ideal natural sweetener for diabetics, those interested in weight loss, or anyone simply looking for a healthier alternative to standard sweeteners.

Not only is coconut palm sugar and nectar delicious but both have a high mineral content, is a rich source of potassium (25% more than bananas), magnesium, zinc and iron. It also contains Vitamin B1, B2 B3 and B6. What’s more is that neither one is chemically produced keeping them in a natural, whole food state.

HOW IT’S DERIVED:

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Coconut Palm Sugar is produced by tapping the sweet nectar from the tropical coconut palm tree flower and drying the nutrient rich juice in a large open kettle drum. The juice condenses into a delicious brown crystals.

 

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Coconut Palm Nectar is produced the same way except it is kept in the liquid form similar to honey or maple syrup.

 

 

They are fantastic in brownies, cookies and cakes and also makes a perfect topping for oatmeal. Coconut Palm Sugar and Nectar are commonly used in Asian dishes to give that signature sweet flavor.

I personally use the Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Sugar and Big Tree Farms Coconut Palm Nectar. I cook and bake with the sugar and use the nectar in my tea, drizzle on breakfast quinoa,  among other things just like I would honey. The flavor reminds me of a combination of brown sugar, butterscotch and caramel.

Sugar doesn’t have to be off limits as long as you make the right choices. Just another example of a small change that can make a big difference.

Hail to the coconut!

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