Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
I love it when things are this easy. 5 cups of vinegar, one cup of water, a half-cup of sugar, a variety of spices and a pile of lovely-looking vegetables. I have carrots, jalapenos, garlic, onion, radishes, chives, bell pepper and lemon.
A classic Czech pub recipe for spicy, garlicky oil-preserved Camembert cheese that "pickles" in oil for a week, with safety tips from a certified Master Food Preserver.
Do you need the green heat of summer in the dark depths of winter? You need to can up some jalapenos...