11 Delicious Things You Didn’t Know You Could Pickle (Slideshow)

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These briny foods may surprise you

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If you’re making a recipe using fresh pumpkin and don’t want to let anything go to waste, this is a great way to use the rind. Pickle the white portion of the pumpkin rind in a combination of vinegar, sugar, and spices. Click here for our best pickled pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Shell

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If you’re making a recipe using fresh pumpkin and don’t want to let anything go to waste, this is a great way to use the rind. Pickle the white portion of the pumpkin rind in a combination of vinegar, sugar, and spices. Click here for our best pickled pumpkin recipes

Celery

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If you’re tired of cucumbers, swap them for celery; pickled celery is super crunchy and super delicious. They also make a great addition to sandwiches and salads. Click here for our best pickled celery recipes.

Pork

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Not only does pickling pork in brine add incredible depth of flavor, it also helps break down the proteins in the meat. This means really juicy, really flavorful pork. Click here for our best pickled pork recipes.

Watermelon Rind

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Much like the pumpkin shell, the white portion of a watermelon’s rind can be pickled in a sweet and spicy brine; just be sure to remove the outer green peel first. Click here for our best pickled watermelon recipes.

Corn

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If you bought too much corn at the farmers market this summer, preserve the extra by pickling it. Pickled corn can be tossed on green salads and makes a great substitute for sauerkraut on hot dogs. Click here for our best pickled corn recipes.

Grapes

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A super-sophisticated addition to salads or cheese plates, pickled grapes are sweet, spicy, and complex. They’re also a delicious way to dress up whole grains like farro or quinoa. Click here for our best pickled grape recipes.

Beef

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Try swapping the meat in your sandwiches and tacos with brine-cured beef. Much like pork, brined beef is incredibly juicy and flavorful. Click here for our best pickled beef recipes.

Potatoes

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If you like vinegar-based German potato salad, you’ll love pickled potatoes. Add something new to your next barbecue by swapping the side of potato salad with pickled potato appetizers; just stick toothpicks into cubes of pickled potato, garnish with fresh herbs, and enjoy. Click here for our best pickled potato recipes.

Eggs

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Peeled, hard-boiled eggs can be pickled in vinegar-based brine and spices. If you want to give them a bright pink color, add whole, peeled beets to the brine. Click here for our best pickled egg recipes.

Shrimp

A staple of Southern American cuisine, pickled shrimp are great to have on hand; toss them into salads, sandwiches, or cold pasta dishes for a quick and easy meal with lots of flavor. Click here for our best pickled shrimp recipes.

Peaches

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Peaches are one of many fruits that just aren’t worth buying out of season. Make the most of summer’s ripe, juicy peaches by purchasing a lot and pickling whatever you can’t eat. You’ll be glad you did come winter! Click here for our best pickled peach recipes.