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May 20, 2014

by Kimberley Hasselbrink handmade and vintage goods

My step-grandmother Mary Ann grew up with a family of twelve on a farm in rural Tennessee. Their modest home, located at the western edge of the Appalachian mountains, was part of a tiny community called Possum Trot. In fact, she and her sisters wrote a book about the food they grew up eating, Pioneer Cooking in Possum Trot.

The details of their daily life are classic Americana. Lacking electricity, the family’s perishables were stored in a milk box cooler in a nearby creek. There were well-seasoned cast iron pots and pans of all stripes, the daily chores of milking and wood gathering, biscuits for breakfast every day, cake on Sundays, mounds of salted pork, and of course, many pickles and preserves.

This resourceful family preserved foods from springtime all the way into fall, as varying crops peaked. While there aren’t any recipes for pickled zucchini in Pioneer Cooking, it’s very much in the spirit of my grandmother’s childhood to preserve zucchini: this is, after all, the time of year when we find ourselves with such a surplus of summer squash that it’s easy to grow weary of the vegetable.

These pickles are a great answer to the annual zucchini conundrum. Infused with dill, a handful of spices and chile flakes in a vinegary brine, they’re not unlike a classic dill pickle in their savory crunch and ability to pucker a face. The heat from the chile is palpable but not overwhelming; those with a taste for face-numbing heat might want to add more chile flakes. Because these are quick pickles (also called refrigerator pickles), they should be stored in the fridge. However, they’ll keep for a long time in there — a couple months, at least. You can also use this brine with any vegetable you’d like. Happy pickling!

Spicy Zucchini Pickles

1 pound zucchini (or any summer squash)
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup water
4 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dill seeds
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds


Trim the ends off zucchini and slice lengthwise into quarters.

Bring vinegar, water, salt and spices to a boil. Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat.

Thoroughly sanitize and rinse the jar you’ll use and keep it filled with hot water until you’re ready to use it.

Pack the zucchini snugly in the jar. Tuck the garlic cloves in. Pour the hot brine over the squash. Let the jar sit, uncovered, until it has cooled, about an hour. Cover and refrigerate. They should keep for a couple of months, if not longer.


  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 10 years ago

    Um ...YUM! I need these now! ..good thing I have some in the fridge :D

  • trianglevintage

    trianglevintage said 10 years ago

    looks yum, i'll have to try this

  • AurDenDesigns

    AurDenDesigns said 10 years ago

    This brings Sweet & Sour Chow Chow to mind. They are the yummiest. I tell myself That i`ll pickle this year but never do. Yummy Post!

  • FleaMarketGal

    FleaMarketGal said 10 years ago

    I am so making these :)

  • mygreenboot

    mygreenboot said 10 years ago

    I do pickle! Mostly, okra from a friend's garden, but this year I attempted cucumbers a few different ways, as well as onion relish.

  • SewardsCuriosities

    SewardsCuriosities said 10 years ago


  • BDSA

    BDSA said 10 years ago

    This is so awesome... my husband and I love pickles! This is such a great variation on the same old same old.

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 10 years ago

    I really need to make these!

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress said 10 years ago

    These look really good!

  • norajane

    norajane said 10 years ago

    oh, my. i'm drooling.

  • roska

    roska said 10 years ago

    yum. thanks for the motivation to finally do some pickling before summer ends!

  • ellenmj

    ellenmj said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe! I made blackberry jam last week, plum jam on Monday and plum chutney yesterday - zucchini pickles next!!!

  • sweetnaturedesigns

    sweetnaturedesigns said 10 years ago

    Can't wait...sounds awesome!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Looks good!

  • DaniJamz

    DaniJamz said 10 years ago

    Yummy! To answer your question... I JAM them!!! :)

  • feathertreestudio

    feathertreestudio said 10 years ago

    oooh tempting!

  • TheUntamedHeart

    TheUntamedHeart said 10 years ago

    These look delicious! I'm going to have to try it!

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 10 years ago

    My mouth is puckering and salivating. Great story. Thanks for sharing!

  • cubits

    cubits said 10 years ago

    I am um to my eyeballs in zucchini and never thought to pickle them. Will try this this weekend :)

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 10 years ago

    Yummy - I have some monster zucchini in my garden right now and I have a zillion empty canning jars just waiting for this recipe! Thanks


    THIMBLEandACORN said 10 years ago

    Yes! I did not even think of pickling zucchini, and I have so much! I thought I could literally eat my weight in grilled zucchini, but I am really starting to burn out on it! I am going to make these this weekend. I also pickled fiddleheads in the spring, SO tasty and texturally pleasing!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 10 years ago

    Mmmmmm mmmh - sounds yummy! My favourite!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 10 years ago

    Those look amazing!

  • bovinebubbles

    bovinebubbles said 10 years ago


  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 10 years ago

    Yum, I'm making this when the zucchinis are on the run again.

  • LouisaCatharine

    LouisaCatharine said 10 years ago

    Wow, love that, I always end up with extra zucchini after market day. Will definitely try this too, great recipe!

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 10 years ago

    I NEED THESE!!!!!! : ) thanks for sharing! this looks like it will be a "regular" for this vegetarian!!!!! YUM!!!!!!! getting my share tomorrow and i now know what to do with them ALL! thanks again!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 10 years ago

    Yum, those sound so good! I've never tried pickled zucchini, though my mom and I used to pickle our home-grown green beans. They were to die for! My mouth is watering already... Thanks for the recipe!

  • whatupdoghoodriver

    whatupdoghoodriver said 10 years ago

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm! THANKS!

  • studme

    studme said 10 years ago

    Do you think that using apple cider vinegar would work just as well, I have all of the ingredients except for the vinegar.

  • EcoFoto

    EcoFoto said 10 years ago

    Those are some fancy pickles!

  • littlehouseofcolors

    littlehouseofcolors said 10 years ago

    Pavlov's theory in full swing here!!! Can't wait to make them...thanks for sharing : )

  • Saxiib

    Saxiib said 10 years ago

    We go through pickles like their candy in our house-I will have to try this one!

  • OysterPearlVintage

    OysterPearlVintage said 10 years ago

    I am attempting to pickle cucumbers for the first time today. This blog makes me even more stoked to get started.

  • Annachan13

    Annachan13 said 10 years ago

    THANKS FOR THE RECIPE! I am 33 weeks pregnant, love zucchini, and have tons of zucchini in my garden....PERFECT MUNCHIES!

  • sewingwithgrandma

    sewingwithgrandma said 10 years ago

    Thanks. I'm going to try these tomorrow.

  • alicechica

    alicechica said 10 years ago

    These look yummy! I make a similar recipe but slice the zuccini. I will definitely try yours. This year my daughter grew cucumbers and since she had so many I pickled them as well. People just love these and they are so simple to make.. Thanks

  • LeBelleBijoux

    LeBelleBijoux said 10 years ago

    We have lots of zucchini growing in the garden. This sounds perfect! :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 10 years ago

    These sound so yummy! It's a great way for my daughter to eat them too cause she would never eat it plain!

  • littlebitandboo

    littlebitandboo said 10 years ago

    Yummy! I will try and make them...and then eat them and then make some more!

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 10 years ago

    If you substitute fresh dill for the dill seeds and green beans for the zucchini, you get a pretty fabulous dilly bean recipe! Disclosure: my favorite way to enjoy dilly beans is to use the brine to dirty up a martini and add three beans as a garnish...

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 10 years ago

    great recipe...always need one for those over producing, beautiful zucchini....thanks.

  • LittleWhiteMouse

    LittleWhiteMouse said 10 years ago

    i'm going to make these!! yuuuum!!!

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 10 years ago

    Drop some tomatoes in there instead of the zuchini. Nothing but heaven! Thanks for sharing!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 10 years ago

    Yum! gotta try these

  • thornandwood

    thornandwood said 10 years ago

    anything to do with zucchini and pickling - i am sold ! thanks for the yums.

  • SpiffyBowtique

    SpiffyBowtique said 10 years ago

    holy moly! i'm totally going to make these! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    Hmmmmmm, so good! I haven't put up zucchini pickles since that bumper crop many years back when I canned over 30 quarts in my enthusiasm. Maybe it's time to give zucchini pickles another go 'round......

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 10 years ago

    This is great ~ Zucchini Zucchini's are everywhere!

  • JMThour

    JMThour said 10 years ago


  • missusfrenchie

    missusfrenchie said 10 years ago

    Yum! I've always felt that zucchini was a highly underrated vegetable - can't wait to try this out:) Thanks!

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 10 years ago

    Love this! We have been doing something similar with our cucumbers, but zucchini is brilliant!

  • PatMcWhorter

    PatMcWhorter said 10 years ago

    Is anyone selling them? Sounds delicius. Convo the Gal who's kitchen is used primarily as a studio!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry said 10 years ago

    I recently pickled my own garlic scapes and am now HOOKED! I got some more jars and will attempt Spicy String Beans (makes a MEAN Ceasar garnish) and these pickled Zucchini as well! Thank you for this idea!

  • tocijewelry

    tocijewelry said 10 years ago

    Wonderful idea the one of making them spicy.

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth said 10 years ago

    Wow...sounds yummy!!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 10 years ago

    Sounds lovely! We definitely have an overabundance of these so I will be making some!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Oooh these zucchini pickles sound and look delicious! I'm going to give this recipe a whirl! thank you

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 10 years ago

    When I started reading your story I thought you were writing about me. I grew up in Zanesville Ohio with a family of 14. 12 kids & mom & dad. We lived on a 100 acre farm and farmed it for the family We had 3 huge crocks in our kitchen. We used them to pickle our cucumbers we harvested from the garden. They would sit there for months! We butchered our own cows, pigs, chickens etc... It was a farming community with Amish all around. We were not Amish, big Catholic family. No indoor plumbing, just a bucket & out-house! Anyway there are so many good memories I have of the farm. This story is wonderful and takes me back home. Thanks Monica

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 10 years ago

    This looks delicious and perfect for the end of summer...I have a zucchini on my counter right now!

  • athenadelarosa

    athenadelarosa said 10 years ago

    Off to my kitchen! Thank you so much, looks and sounds great!

  • jdizaclothingco

    jdizaclothingco said 10 years ago

    looks creative, but not crazy about the taste of pickles/dill

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe! I just got back from a trip to North Carolina. We grabbed a jar of homemade strawberry preserves but didn't taste them (stupidly) until we got home. We wished we had picked up 5 jars! I am so happy that there is a place like Etsy where I can grab homemade goods like this that I know will be just as good!

  • tinarosa

    tinarosa said 10 years ago

    I love pickles!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 10 years ago

    OK, let's be serious for a moment. Right now, in my fridge, is a crock of zucchini coins ( slices) all pickled and ready to eat. But no one is eating them! They are (relatively fresh) from the garden yet no one wants them! What did I do wrong??

  • fuzzyfibers1960

    fuzzyfibers1960 said 10 years ago

    oh, i am so making these !! i have already made pickles this year ... also pickled some long hot peppers.......Mmmmmmmm thanks for sharing the recipe !!!!

  • TrulyJulie

    TrulyJulie said 10 years ago

    A great recipe~ thanks so much!!

  • aestivationdesigns

    aestivationdesigns said 10 years ago

    A make your mouth water article!!!

  • Sugarcookielady

    Sugarcookielady said 10 years ago

    I will be making this recipe this weekend! Thanks much:)

  • RummageVintage

    RummageVintage said 10 years ago

    I want to make these right now! THANKS~!

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 10 years ago

    Yummy. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • BonChatBoutique

    BonChatBoutique said 10 years ago

    Love the story behind it. Thanks!

  • KalinasGarden

    KalinasGarden said 10 years ago

    Thank you. You have just made my evening! I absolutely love Zucchini!!

  • izzybee

    izzybee said 10 years ago

    These sounds amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  • rinnyc

    rinnyc said 10 years ago

    We are making pickles this year. We made all kinds of flavors like spicy and dill ect....But i never seen zucchini pickles. This is a smart way to use up the plentiful zucchini we get in our garden. I want to try this so bad.

  • lizschau

    lizschau said 10 years ago

    Totally making these! But I'll probably make a water and sea salt brine and let them culture naturally... for the probiotics. Yum :)

  • tntstudio

    tntstudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try make these with our extra zucchini.

  • nuevowoodcrafts

    nuevowoodcrafts said 10 years ago

    Wow! Those look delicious...Thanks for posting! I love pickled veggies, this is such a great idea. I can't wait to try it!

  • chrystaldawn

    chrystaldawn said 10 years ago

    I was wondering what I was going to do with my abundance of zucchini and now I know. Recipe sounds great and pic looks delish.

  • BohemiaGreen

    BohemiaGreen said 10 years ago

    OMG I have GOT to try this. zucchini and squash are my life right now and I was just thinking how sad I would be when all of the farmers markets are over for the winter! Thanks!

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 10 years ago

    This is amazing! I can't wait to try it :)

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 10 years ago

    My boyfriend is a big fan of pickled veggies. He's going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 10 years ago

    I love any pickles and this sounds delicious. i wish I could eat chili though.

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 10 years ago

    Absolutely Yummy! :P

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago


  • PeaceDawg

    PeaceDawg said 10 years ago

    Gonna try this new recipe ! Our tribe loves any thing pickled, and with all the great summer veggies around, this sounds delicious. Cauilflower would be awesome!!!!!!! Yummmm !!!!!!

  • TokulVintage

    TokulVintage said 10 years ago

    Fabulous! Thanks so much. I'm making these this weekend. Oh yes...cauliflower would be super. PeaceDawg.

  • lvioletta

    lvioletta said 10 years ago

    Thank you! I absolutely love pickled fruits and veggies and I'm totally going to try and make this. I'm really stoked! Oh this is going to be so awesome to nom on!

  • uydsvguy

    uydsvguy said 10 years ago

    I always thought that there very nice! New place!

  • orientalbeauty

    orientalbeauty said 10 years ago

    I will try this, we also in turkey make a different type of something. It is so nice for summer days, cacik; zuccihini, yogurt, mint and little olive oil and garlic aroma. Try :)

  • pabadoo

    pabadoo said 10 years ago

    Great idea!! I will definitely give this a try!

  • daffysdream

    daffysdream said 10 years ago

    Yummy! I love the pickle....

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 10 years ago


  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 10 years ago

    I adore zucchini and this is just one more way to fix it, thanks for the recipe!!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this idea. We pickle. My husband is obsessed with it lately. We also experiment with freezing and dehydrating. We hope to have a pickle program in our milk room once our B&B is ready to open. Just keep renovating, just keep renovating....


    NANASSOAPS said 10 years ago

    Looks so yummy! Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 10 years ago

    Thank you, I love to pickle things...this is a nice simple recipe, the kind that I love! Aloha!

  • BackRoadBuddies

    BackRoadBuddies said 10 years ago

    YUM! Can't wait to try this recipe. I haven't had zucchini pickles with red pepper flakes and I am looking forward to a little heat. I live less than an hour away from Possum Trot. I didn't grow up in the era of your grandmother but my mother did and I love to hear her stories. Enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Yes, I do pickle. Cukes, okra, beets, peppers, green tomatoes. I've also tried green beans. We can and freeze our garden and am knee deep in tomatoes this time of year. An easy way to sterilize jars, besides the water method described above, is to put clean jars in the oven at the approximate temperature that water boils: 212degrees. Leave them in there and take one out, fill it. Repeat.

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 10 years ago

    neato! made zucchini bread, but still had left over I have plans tonight :)

  • HomemadeSunshine

    HomemadeSunshine said 10 years ago

    I must try this!! So much zucchini! It always seems like a good thing to plant in the spring, then it arrives and overtakes my kitchen...

  • charmingcarriage

    charmingcarriage said 10 years ago

    These look amazing! and I love zucchini!! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita said 10 years ago

    What a delightful article! It really took me back to my roots! And NOW I know what to do with the pile of zucchini that's staring at me over on the counter! ;-) THANKS!

  • theotherali

    theotherali said 10 years ago

    great recipe! I just finished my first experimental dill pickles and your recipe looks similar! Now I just need to wait until I can enjoy them!

  • magpiesfancyshop

    magpiesfancyshop said 10 years ago

    Thanks for a great use of over abundant zucchini And a great recipe!

  • Evelinebijoux

    Evelinebijoux said 10 years ago

    Great idea! I can't wait to make them !!!It sound delicious !!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    Yummy! great tips! Love pickled anything!

  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations said 10 years ago

    Sounds super yummy!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 10 years ago

    Does anybody have a good pickle recipe?

  • aileenfredrick

    aileenfredrick said 10 years ago

    Must try your recepe, I made pickles this summer, I'm happy to see that i'm not the only one

  • thecooperscottage

    thecooperscottage said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this great recipe. I'm going out to my garden right now, and gather up as many zucchini as I can carry. Let the pickling begin!

  • b00mitchell

    b00mitchell said 10 years ago

    I am going to make pickles this weekend! Thank you for the tip, I am going to have to try these. YUM!

  • deusprovidebit

    deusprovidebit said 10 years ago

    time to bust out the ole canning jars.....i've been burried in zuc and these just look way too yummy!

  • Rokemet

    Rokemet said 10 years ago

    I've just made it!. Thanks for the recipe. Is it ready right away?

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 10 years ago

    I'm definitely trying these. My daughter loves pickles. Any kind!

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 10 years ago

    I am so making these!

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 10 years ago


  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 10 years ago

    These look good and healthy...and just might call for a trip to the Spice House where I get all my fresh spices.

  • designsbycleo

    designsbycleo said 10 years ago

    Yes, I do pickle......just made refrigerator pickles from yellow squash, they are sweet and tart.....visit my blog where I have posted the recipe and keep for months!!!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    Great idea, thank you!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 10 years ago

    Looks delicious going to try right now !!

  • JMankinDesign

    JMankinDesign said 10 years ago

    I'm so excited to try this recipe! I've never pickled or canned anything, although I have great memories of my Mom and aunts doing this as well as making jellies and jams on my grandparents farm in Georgia. This is just the thing to get me started. Sounds so easy! Thanks so much for sharing this. Jill

  • Shoequeen1961

    Shoequeen1961 said 10 years ago

    To steal from an ancient advertising campaign: Mmm-mmm Good! Congratulations on the post!

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 10 years ago

    Hey all! To answer a couple questions: @studme: Yes, absolutely try apple cider vinegar! @rokemet: It's best to let them sit overnight before eating, but I've tried them only a couple hours after pickling and they still taste delicious.

  • xfictionprincess

    xfictionprincess said 10 years ago

    we had an abundance of zucchini in our garden this summer, so this recipe is perfect for my household =)

  • TNShopthailand

    TNShopthailand said 10 years ago

    oh, my. i'm drooling

  • watflooswing

    watflooswing said 10 years ago

    thank you!! can't wait to try them. :-)))

  • YarningToBe

    YarningToBe said 10 years ago

    Oh this sounds wonderful. This recipe would work well with asparagus too. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  • jennabean23

    jennabean23 said 10 years ago

    i'm making them on sunday funday ; )

  • torik2009

    torik2009 said 10 years ago

    These look DELICIOUS!!! I'm absolutely going to try these!

  • RareDaisyJewelry

    RareDaisyJewelry said 10 years ago

    WONDERFUL pics! Stunning! Yummie looking, too!

  • SuzisCornerBoutique

    SuzisCornerBoutique said 10 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i wannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnt!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CAPrimlover

    CAPrimlover said 10 years ago

    Mmmm this recipe sounds delightful!!! I can't wait to try it with zucchini from our garden!!

  • sheenalee

    sheenalee said 10 years ago

    i'm definitely gonna have to try this!!

  • cloudhopping

    cloudhopping said 10 years ago

    mmmm have a crop of these in my garden just waiting to be pickled!

  • SeasonsGleanings

    SeasonsGleanings said 10 years ago

    I always make a batch of zucchini relish with added grated carrots, diced red bell peppers onions, turmeric...and make 'fresh pickles with cukes, but haven't tried them with zukes-thanks for the inspiration!!! I'm guessing it would work just fine with cider vinegar-just wouldn't be as 'clear' a brine...

  • frankjewellery

    frankjewellery said 10 years ago

    Looks like a great recipe. Have you ever canned them??

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione said 10 years ago

    <-------- "who knew making pickles is so easy" says someone who doesn't belong in the kitchen! LOLz!

  • lauratownsley

    lauratownsley said 10 years ago

    Brilliant idea, I'm trying it :)

  • silveradornment

    silveradornment said 10 years ago

    I saw this and just had to make a batch! Oh! They smell and look so delicious!

  • elasart

    elasart said 10 years ago

    Wow awesome! We just had some Z-chini this evening... Can't wait to try this!

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your Receipe, We generally do Pickle with deep fry in Oil with more Spice. I was searching for the Vinegar Pickle receipe. I am going to try this

  • Drakestail

    Drakestail said 10 years ago

    Wow, I am literally drooling! What a great idea for those extra zucchini.

  • SecretAttic

    SecretAttic said 10 years ago

    will try!!

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 10 years ago

    Nice idea! Thank you!

  • Fashionitsa

    Fashionitsa said 10 years ago

    I am definitely making this!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 10 years ago

    YUM! Sounds easy enough and looks good enough to try! I'm bookmarking this page! Thank you!

  • NaturallyStitched

    NaturallyStitched said 10 years ago

    We made a huge jar of this for our fridge. It's really good and pretty spicy! Thanks for the recipe. ; )

  • rescuedbykathleen

    rescuedbykathleen said 10 years ago

    What a great way to use up some of those pesky zucchinis in a bountiful garden! Here's another yummy suggestion for you: zucchini pancakes. These are really similar to potato pancakes and can be eaten either as part of breakfast or a side dish at dinner! Grate a few of those little guys, flour them, add a beaten egg, some salt, and a half cup of Parmesan cheese. Then fry in olive oil. Such a yummy treat!

  • asunlitwalk

    asunlitwalk said 10 years ago

    Yum and so much better for you than the traditional salted pork! I like to make zucchini relish but now I want to try your recipe since it looks so much quicker and easier!

  • VernonBea

    VernonBea said 10 years ago

    I made these last Saturday and can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing your family recipe. XO Rebecca

  • OldMidwest

    OldMidwest said 10 years ago

    I made these right after reading this post....and oh my were they wonderful! I shared them with everyone I could and they all loved them too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!

  • FireflyCandles

    FireflyCandles said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting this! I"m definately going to to try and make these now. As a novice gardner I didn't realize how producive zucchini can be and I grew way too many! I also ended up with 10' sunflowers, when all I wanted were some little ones for displaying in vases, lol!

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency said 10 years ago

    I canned a batch of sweet and sour pickles last weekend. After following the recipe, I discovered I don't like sweet and sour pickles. I used the rest of the cucumbers in my very own, hastily invented recipe for onion and garlic pickles. I'm excited to make these, too!

  • Whitewolf1869

    Whitewolf1869 said 10 years ago

    Just made these today will taste them in the morning I added a 1/2teaspoon of turmeric to the brine gives them that beautiful yellow color. I will comment on how they taste tomorrow!

  • storycastings

    storycastings said 10 years ago

    These sound really great! Unfortunatly all my squash and zucchini fried and died here in south Texas back around midsummers night. There is always how for next year and I will definitely keep this in mind.

  • storycastings

    storycastings said 10 years ago

    * there is always hope! (darn spell check strikes again)

  • destroymodernart

    destroymodernart said 10 years ago

    Cannot find dill seeds...been on quest round west london and failed:(

  • GirlieGals

    GirlieGals said 10 years ago

    Those sound delicious. I agree with my Texas friend above-so hot here everything is blowing away, but sounds like a good project for a spring garden.

  • erinscisscorhands

    erinscisscorhands said 10 years ago

    I made these and have to say they are seriously good!

  • FloraChild

    FloraChild said 10 years ago

    Making these tonight!! :)

  • InesesShop

    InesesShop said 9 years ago

    Very tasty! This is my favourite zuchini recipe! Thank you for sharing! :)

  • WildRumpusKnitting

    WildRumpusKnitting said 9 years ago

    This looks fantastic! My canning and pickling endeavors have gotten bigger every year - I will definitely try these!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 9 years ago

    My neighbor brought me two HUGE zucchini last week. I am not zucchini fan, unless it is included in something else. We grate it all and portion and freeze it. We use it in quick breads, cakes, pancakes, even in ground beef. Adds moisture, fiber and vitamins to everything. (inspired by how my mother cooked and Jessica Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious.) I am definitely giving this pickle recipe to my neighbor though. She needs something to do with all that zucchini!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 9 years ago

    I love 'Quickles'! Thanks so much, I've tried this recipe with carrots, but I think I need to start experimenting. :^D Heidi

  • mooli365

    mooli365 said 9 years ago

    Oh,great,,I want to eat,hihi..:)

  • bjsdesign

    bjsdesign said 9 years ago

    Nice! Sounds yummy!!

  • SummerfrostPhoto

    SummerfrostPhoto said 9 years ago


  • shellied

    shellied said 9 years ago

    I made these all through the fall and am still enjoying good! Who knew they were so easy?!?!?

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  • prettyflops

    tina dorsey from SophistiFlops said 9 years ago

    I'm going to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  • dlstollen

    Lisa Stollenwerk said 9 years ago

    I have a few zucchini in the garden that will be ready tomorrow; I know what I am doing with them. Perfect timing!!! And when the beans are ready I am going to use this recipe for them as well. Mmmm.... Dilly beans :)

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    Renata Lader from RenataUniqueGifts said 9 years ago

    I am going to our Farmer's Market to get fresh zuccihni!!! Thanks!

  • missm214

    Winnie Marquardt said 8 years ago

    Can you hot water can this recipe? I'd like to give them away as gifts in December. I love zucchini and the pickle idea sounds delicious!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    pickles!! mmmmmmm

  • rhondastubbs2

    Rhonda Stubbs from RhondaCorner said 7 years ago

    I love stories like you jusy told. It's history being kept alive. Thank you

  • DEwear

    DEwear from DEwear said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this! Hopefully my zucchini does really well this summer so I can make some of this!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 7 years ago

    Yummmmmo!! I have never canned anything, but this looks like a perfectly simple recipe! I think I shall try ;-) Thank you!

  • therustyhummingbird

    JoAnn Hartwell from rustyhummingbird said 7 years ago

    Zucchini! Those sound to try it as soon as they get "cheap". Thanks for making me hungry waaaaaaay before lunchtime!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 7 years ago

    love recipe posts :)

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  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 7 years ago

    Great recipe!

  • BlackStar

    Katie McClanahan from WearYourWild said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll definitely try these when our zukes come in.

  • BLCouture

    Bernadette Rothlisberger from BLCouture said 7 years ago

    WOW - We also have every year an abundance of zucchini. We canned sweet pickles from zucchini, made bread - chocolate and regular. We vacuum sealed and froze it and canned shredded zucchini to add to spaghetti. This recipe is another one we will add this year. I have not found a recipe for dill pickled zucchini for canning yet. This recipe is great and thank you so much for sharing your story.

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  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and the story! My husband loves pickles, so we'll try your recipe! :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 7 years ago

    Looks good and this is homemade is better always :)

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 7 years ago

    Love this!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I'm going to give it a try!!

  • Tiffanyoneillphoto

    Tiffany O'Neill from TiffanyOneillPhoto said 7 years ago

    That looks amazing!!!! I just planted my zucchini in my garden yesterday, and never thought about pickling them. YUMMY! Thanks!

  • Macramaking

    Ellen from Macramaking said 7 years ago

    YUM! I am definitely making those!


    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 7 years ago

    Looks delicious! My mom makes wonderful :)

  • minipotterybyanita from potterybyAnita said 7 years ago

    Wow! What a great idea! When I was growing up on the farm, we "put up" lots of things, pickles included, but we didn't have zucchini. And since I discovered it years ago, I love it! But I've never had it as pickles! Can't wait to try this. I think I'll try a sweet version, since I like my pickles Sweet! YUMMM! ♥♥♥

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 7 years ago

    Love Pickles...I'm going to try this one.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Seems like an easy delicious recipe!

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 7 years ago

    This is perfect! I am looking forward to making these easy treats!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    kim rhodes-thomas from pinksnakejewelry said 7 years ago

    Sounds easy to make and delicious to eat!!! Thanks!

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 7 years ago

    Those look amazing!

  • lemongrasssoap

    lemongrasssoap from lemongrasssoap said 7 years ago

    Yummy, yummy, yummmmmmmy!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 7 years ago

    Luv this! Thank you for sharing! As you said, finally a good way to preserve all the extra zucchini. I've had some summers where the abundance is way too much to eat or give away. My sister and I have just started canning and pickling in the past few years. Can't wait to try this recipe!

  • chellecarmody1

    michelle from chellechet said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, I will be trying this!

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 7 years ago

    Sounds easy, we'll give it a try this summer!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 7 years ago

    Even though I'm not a huge zucchini fan, as a maker of lacto-fermented pickles, I may give this a try, but fermenting it instead of using the vinegar!

  • thevintagejunkie

    thevintagejunkie from thevintagejunkie said 7 years ago

    Love the name of the community! I love to pickle and your recipe proportions sounds almost like mine. I will have to try these this summer with local zucchinis. Thank you!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 7 years ago

    Oh, what a wonderful recipe! Thank you! I always have too many zuchinnis !!! Problem now solved!

  • VelvetRevived

    VelvetRevived from VelvetRevived said 7 years ago

    I have never tried pickling before, but a recipe like this could encourage me to give it a try! These look like yummy pickles!

  • espeyjen

    Jennifer Driggers Espey from MrsJennysPicks said 7 years ago

    Pickles of all kinds are very common here in southeastern NC. My grandmother makes squash, zucchini and cucumber pickles with onions, seasonings and of course, vinegar. We enjoy them all year long!

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 7 years ago

    I love spicy & I love zucchini when combined - smash hit.

  • craftytreasures

    Tina from arlenelanevintage said 7 years ago

    I cant wait to try this at harvest time! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • tara3819

    Tara from OuroborosDesignsLA said 7 years ago

    SOOOO gonna try this! Thank you for sharing.

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 7 years ago

    Never tasted zucchini pickles! Going to definitely try them! YUM!

  • JewelryByEuphoria

    Nichole Cohen from JEWELRYbyEUPHORIA said 7 years ago

    Very neat! Love this!

  • karlyrose1

    WhiteKittenCreations from WhiteKittenCreations said 7 years ago

    This recipe is the same as my grandmothers gave to me. Green beans are good pickled this way too. Lots of good, old recipes still around in East Tennessee.

  • opalmarie83

    opalmarie83 from opalmarie83 said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to make these! Do they taste anything like regular pickles?

  • Clayismyart

    Lesley from ClayismyArt said 7 years ago

    Always looking fo rnew zucchini recipes... This looks just perfect. Thanks

  • patinabijoux

    patinabijoux from PatinaBijoux said 7 years ago

    Oh, my...must try these! I love zucchini, especially brushed with olive oil, salt and seasonings and then grilled.

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 7 years ago

    My kitchen is full of jars with pickled vegetables. I've made tomatoes, cauliflower,beets, peppers. I've never tried zucchini before. Thank you!

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 7 years ago

    Beautiful food photography! I bet my sister would like these, she loves pickles.

  • boohoostudio

    Kameliya Kiricheva, Cveti Velinova from BOOHOOstudio said 7 years ago

    Yummers! Thanks for the recipe!

  • oljatod

    Olja from OljaTodosijevic said 7 years ago

    I have never tried zucchini like this, thanks for recipe!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 7 years ago

    Gosh, they look really yummy. Thank you for sharing

  • TheHouseofGarland

    Janet Law from TheHouseofGarland said 7 years ago

    They look so deeeeelish!

  • dabsh01

    Sharmila Dabare from TopponcinonMore said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to try these...

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 7 years ago

    Yummy! That and a tuna sandwich!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 7 years ago

    Delicious photographs! Thanks for sharing such an easy pickling recipe!

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  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 7 years ago

    Wow, they look awesome!!! Will have to try the recipe, thanks for sharing!!

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  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 7 years ago

    Looks Yummy! thanks for sharing!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 7 years ago

    I'm really looking forward to making these! Our CSA usually overwhelms us with zucchini during the summer, and this is a perfect way to mix up our usual zucchini recipes!

  • FairytaleFlower

    FairytaleFlower from FairytaleFlower said 7 years ago

    These sound so good! Thank you for the recipe!

  • AmmoAmmo

    Ammo Ammo from AmmoAmmo said 7 years ago

    Neeeeeeeeed these!!! they look insane

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome from happybdaytome said 7 years ago

    Oh my ! So yummy :D

  • bedouin

    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 7 years ago

    So good for you and YUM !!

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks good!

  • francesnosemuch

    Janelle E from FrancesNoseMuch said 7 years ago

    These look and sound amazing!

  • marcyryan1

    MARCY RYAN said 7 years ago

    going to try this sounds amazing

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 7 years ago

    Looks really yummy! I will try them over this weekend.

  • Attic17

    Rachel Reeves from Attic17 said 7 years ago

    This sounds too easy to believe! Thank you so much for sharing.... Rachel

  • DreamyCottage

    Savina McCrone from DreamyCottage said 7 years ago

    looks very yummy! i'll try it! thanks:))

  • AgelessThings

    AgelessThings from VintageAgelessThings said 7 years ago

    Great revive! Sounds great and I am not even that fond of zucchini!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Interesting story! Thanks for sharing the recipe - looks really good!

  • SallysVintageKitchen

    Sally from SallysVintageKitchen said 7 years ago

    These zucchini pickles look so delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  • caplis1238

    JT Beauty from JTFindingBeauty said 7 years ago

    Will have to try this recipe. Love the idea of adding the chile flakes for added spice!

  • educationandmore

    Kare from TheFairLine said 7 years ago

    I will be trying this recipe!! I just had a friend give me a jar of squash pickles and I loved them and then your blog comes along! Love it!! Thanks! Kare

  • BroughtBackToYou

    Anya from BroughtBackToYou said 7 years ago

    I Love love love people providing food for themselves, and utilizing that which we grow. And aren't zucchini ones that grows in abundance! I will be making these of course! Thankyou for the brilliant way to use up those gorgeous garden items. Blessings!

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage from MyWisteriaCottage said 7 years ago

    I have made a bread n butter pickle chip with onion slices too. A little sweet and a lot spicy. Never thought of doing dill pickle style. Will try these.

  • BadFinnigan

    BadFinnigan from BadFinnigan said 7 years ago

    Look forward to trying this mom doesnt like spicy food but they have giant zucchini growing in their garden. Hope the suggested chili flake amount is palatable for her:)

  • Sarahwoodlovesu

    Sarah Wood from FashionStreets said 7 years ago

    Wow, it seems very nice.

  • smustafa09

    Semat Mustafa from MustafaCreations said 7 years ago

    Looks yummy!! I would like to try this recipe.Thank you!

  • pamie471

    patricia morrow from Gramiesstuff said 7 years ago

    can't wait to try and make them, thanks for recipe

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  • markcampbell66

    Mark Campbell from MarkCampbellCeramics said 7 years ago

    That truly looks great but I am into pickling without using vinegar by fermentation. The same can be done with a 2% brine solution for cucumbers, zuchinni, carrots, cabbage, or just about any veggie you can think of. A real pickle or sauerkraut are fermented. The fermentation creates the vinegar flavors, but are so much better for you. The probiotics obtained from fermentation is the next really big thing in foods. It has been done for centuries and will be the way to eat more healthy in the future as well. I make fermentation crocks and have sold them all over the world. There are many resources available to learn more about it. I would love to try your recipe using all of the ingredients you put in your recipe minus the vinegar. A ferment like this usually takes a week. I will give it a try!

  • fwind

    Fresh Wind from FreshWind8 said 7 years ago

    It looks very beautiful.

  • lanieves

    Leslie Nieves from TamarackStoneware said 7 years ago

    If you are pickling or fermenting, see my jar and crock weights.

  • NancyBukovsky

    Nancy and Frances Bukovsky from ObscureGems said 7 years ago

    A couple of years ago we had a garden where the two veggies that flourished were cucumbers and zucchini. We had tons and tons of the veggies; at one point we were harvesting over three pounds of zucchini a day! My father learned how to pickle and needless to say we had a pantry full of zucchini and cucumbers in various brine solutions. We still have lots of mason jars laying around, waiting for some veggies!

  • softcollision

    Linda Yankowsky from SoftCollision said 7 years ago

    I made this last night - adding 1/4 cup of sugar to the brine for a bit of sweetness...delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 7 years ago

    I can pickles on a regular basis. Thank you for another recipe. Will make yours soon

  • destroymodernart

    Ana Louis from destroymodernart said 7 years ago

    I made t his two years ago- and recently found a jar of pickles hiding in the back of my fridge... ooops :p

  • klangwelt

    Kay from Klangwelt said 7 years ago

    Nice! I love homemade pickles :)

  • MoriGirlLolita

    Lolita Hu from MoriLolitaStyle said 7 years ago

    Some times i made the cucumber and radish in nearly the same way, thanks for your sharing i am planning to make it :-)

  • alyssahans

    Alyssa from RoseBlueAndGold said 7 years ago

    Looks delicious, I've never had pickles made from zucchini before!

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 7 years ago

    Very interesting! I really feel related; my grandparents had a farm and my grandma used to pickle zucchini, carrots, green beans, jalapeño peppers and everything else you can imagine. I remember once we found a jar with pinto beans, we asked her why, she said she was out of vegetables or hot peppers. She never gave the recipe right to anybody (except me and it is very similar to yours + mexican oregano), or if she did give it to somebody because that person insisted too much, she will give the recipe wrong. Even now I smell oregano and make me think about Abuela Paulina.

  • Setlla

    Setlla Cai from RainbowSilk said 7 years ago

    Yummy, my friend's parients also like to make some pickles at home, I love them so much.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 7 years ago

    defineatly making this during winter.

  • jingfangchao

    snail big from swbird said 7 years ago

    can't wait to try.

  • Pysar

    Yuri Pysar from Pysar said 7 years ago

    etsy is always so yummy! :))

  • oreocoins

    OREOCOINS from oreocoinsandtreasure said 7 years ago

    must be nice:)) YUMMY

  • bonbonjewelleryandc1

    Samantha Western from BLITSGEMS said 7 years ago

    i made those and i cant stop eating them....good with pizza.

  • nasirshakouri

    Nasir Shakouri said 7 years ago

    Looks delicious. Gonna go make these next week after the farmers market visit.

  • LizbethAnns

    Beth Hall from TippysTrinketsbyBeth said 7 years ago

    I have 3 zucchini plants coming up- this will be a great way to use all those zuchs when then start arriving... great to give as gifts as well!! THANKS!

  • aviantijewelry

    Avianti Jewelry from AviantiJewelry said 7 years ago

    I have never thought of using zucchini!

  • shannonstarr1

    Shannon Starr from KitschUcopia said 7 years ago

    I love this recipe it never occurred to me to make zucchini pickles I'm going to add lots of red peppers I like mine spicy..... I just made a new board especially Anything Pickled. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • katdavidson459

    Kathy Davidson from DesignedByKathy said 7 years ago

    These look delicious!!

  • joanbellino

    NanaJoan from NanasPatternsNThings said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe :) I am so gonna try and make them!

  • honeybeeorganizing

    Valentina from HoneyBeeOrganizing said 7 years ago

    They look amazing, i'm sure they're very tasty too! I have a few zucchini plants that give a lot of fruits and i give most of them for free to neighbors and friends, this is a nice way to keep them for the cold months. Thanks for the recipe!

  • beadsbagsnmore

    Renee S from DesignsByNa said 7 years ago

    Looks yummy!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 6 years ago

    wanna try~

  • vbrown13579

    vbrown13579 from vbrown13579 said 6 years ago

    Can you process these in canner????

  • pjtaylor2011

    PJ Taylor from pjtaylor2011 said 75 days ago

    These pickles are sooo good! They turned out crispy and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed the article you wrote here also!

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