How to Pickle the Last of the Summer Peaches and Beans Like a Pro

VV Tapas Lounge chefs Zach Poole and Patrick Fogarty with some of their delicious pickles. | Photo: Scout Magazine

We’re smack in the middle of harvest time, which means it’s also time to squirrel away a little for later. Winter is going to roll around before we know it, so let’s pickle while we can!

If you’ve ever enjoyed one of the charcuterie boards at Strathcona’s VV Tapas Lounge, you can appreciate why we approached Chef Zach Poole to school us on proper pickling procedure. From pineapples and cherries to beets, cabbage, fennel and slightly spicy beans, VV’s pickles come with a variety of flavours and texture profiles. Poole and his sous chef, Patrick Fogarty, were kind enough to meet with me recently to walk me through the basics of making a good brine and two different kinds of pickles…

1 Cup Pickle brine (recipe below)
2 Large peaches
1 Handful (8g) fresh thyme
1 tsp salt
Method: cut peaches into ½” thick slices.
Make pickle brine, see below (we recommend using apple cider vinegar).
Put peaches, thyme, and salt into a 1L jar; pour brine over top until fully covered.
Leave in fridge to pickle for 2-3 weeks minimum.

Yellow Beans
2 Cups pickle brine (recipe below)
½ lb yellow beans
2 Cloves Garlic
1 tsp chili flakes
5 Bay leaves
1 tbsp salt
Method: trim the ends off the yellow beans, and crush garlic cloves.
Make pickle brine, see below (we recommend using white wine vinegar).
Put beans, garlic, chili flakes, bay leaves and salt into a 1L jar; pour brine over top until fully covered.
Leave in fridge to pickle for 1 month minimum.

1/3 Cup sugar
2/3 Cup vinegar of choice
1 Cup water
Method: combine all ingredients and mix until fully incorporated, using warm water to dissolve sugar more easily.

There are 0 comments

Toque Craft Fair Returns as Vibrant Online Marketplace for Art, Craft, Design

While there’s no gathering together this year, shopping at Toque is still a great way to support local artists and the Western Front.

A Homegrown Guide To Being A Shopping Hero This Holiday Season

Gift giving season is upon us. Let's do our best to show local businesses that we value what they do by spending our dollars as close to home as we can.

Shopping Local This Holiday Season? ‘Got Craft’ Kicks Off Tomorrow and Has You Covered

Got Craft's online version of their famous winter shopping event has no line ups, no crowds and no malls.

The Five Best Films We Watched at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival

From strange premises to comedic thrillers, here are five films to seek out while hiding at home this winter...