Friday, September 20, 2013

Dave's Kitchen - Pickled Purslane


Recently I was part of a discussion on "Wild Edibles" when the
subject of Purslane came up, I knew what it was and have it
growing in and around my garden but never did more than
nibble at it on occasion. It was always a bit too slimy  and
bland tasting for my my liking so I pretty much ignored it.
However, I would not pull it as a weed or intentionally mow
over it while in the yard or garden.

I decided to try something that was suggested, so I went out
and picked several bags, trimmed out the tender parts, washed
it, then put it in the fridge to "firm" up. I thought about the
best way to pickle it and decided that it would probably do
best as a sweet pickle.  My concern was that it might be
a bit too slimy but I decided to give it a try anyway.

I emptied the bag out and chopped the stems and leaves into
a "relish" sized mix to get an idea of how many jars I'd need
and set it aside while I prepared the jars.

In each half pint jar I added:

1 Sliced Jalapeno Pepper
Several Cloves Fresh Sliced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Dried Dill
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Allspice
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Celery(dried)
6 Tablespoons Sugar

I then filled the jars with the chopped purslane and poured boiling
vinegar/water (2 parts vinegar-1 part water) into the jars, all the way
to the rim, leaving no headspace, then lidded the jars. I shook
them to make sure the ingredients mixed evenly, then put them on the
shelf to "Make" (the jars will seal as they cool).

I was concerned that the "slime" of the purslane would
be too heavy to be appetizing so I used a strong vinegar water
mix in the hopes it would cut it the way it does with pickled
Okra or Cactus.

After leaving it sit for about 2 weeks I decided it was time to
give it a try and "Daing", it was good!  From now on the
purslane I find growing in the yard and garden is going to
be carefully tended and gathered to make Sweet Pickle.

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Thank you, Dave, for this post.  It's nice to have you back.  Dave has a huge garden and this year he had 150 tomato plants...and that's just the tomatoes.  So he keeps insanely busy over the summer, and the Texas heat is not kind.
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