PICKLIN’ with PETER

Hey guys!  Who wants to know what kind of food I’ve been eating?  Well I don’t know, it’s the usual crap.  BUT soon I WILL be eating the plentiful product of today’s pickling party with Peter van Hyning.  Today we made dilly beans, pickled carrots, pickled garlic, and pickles.  Justin Stewart was here too.

How today went, first I slept in and then Peter and Justin went to the store to buy the vegetables, garlic, and cans for pickling.  In addition to finding the necessary pickling parts, they met a beautiful and enchanting pickling goddess.  So lucky they were to bump into her before she left the city this very night to pickle and can at an enchanted and beautiful farm upstate.  Justin got her number.  She knows everything about pickling and canning and had some great recommendations for them about pickling today.  I personally don’t know what those recommendations are, I’ve heard only of her beauty, not of her practical pickling knowledge.

Anyways, in the meantime I went to buy dill flowers at the farmers market and I filled out a survey on sexual assault in Williamsburg in exchange for a hotdog (a ho hum hotdog).  I also got a shit ton of vinegar.  Peter and I then went to a Polish deli to get some pickling spices.  As far as i can tell the Polish pickling secret recipe is mustard seed, coriander, bay leaves, whole nutmegs, and crushed cinnamon sticks.  We also tossed in the dill flowers, a clove of garlic, and some crushed red pepper.  Right around this time Justin Stewart left.  To contemplate the beauty of the picking goddess in the privacy of his own home, I assume.  I had a lunch of canned fish and Peter ate cheese and crackers.

So when you pickle you have to boil everything except the food and spices.  You boil the cans and the lids.  You boil the water and the salt.  You boil everything after it’s sealed.  But never the vegetables or seasonings.  It’s totally wild.  It’s like opposite cooking.  Another opposite thing we did was like Peter was talking out of his ass.  How very BACKWARDS!  fun!  For dinner we made a tuna noodle casserole and Peter spent my money on Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.  Soon we’ll watch The Fireman’s Ball.  I think it’s funny that the porno version would be The Fireman’s Balls.

(I’d also like to add that this was actually LAST week’s activity but I was missing my camera cord and we just can’t post a blog without a visual hm?  What I’m getting at is that those pickles are f*cking delicious.  So flavorful.  Now for the pictures…)

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