The Recipe Redux: Garden Harvest Pickled Okra

by Ashley on August 21, 2013

Hi hi! Happy Wednesday friends! Today’s post is for all you foodies out there!

Recipe Redux

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I am very excited to say that I have been accepted and welcomed into a food blogging group called “The Recipe Redux.” What is “The Recipe Redux” you ask?

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From the website,

“As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. The Recipe ReDux was developed as a fun and social way to provide great tasting, healthful recipes based on whole foods and sound nutrition principals.” It is made up of a group of healthy-food bloggers who’s sites are “primarily recipe-focused with an emphasis on healthy food preparation.”

They say foodie challenge, I say, sign me up! Each month nutrition bloggers from across the net are given a new foodie challenge. For this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge, we were given the following assignment:

“Raising the Bar on Food in a Jar – Ball or Mason jars used to be just for canning – but now they may be more likely used for overnight oats. How do you do food in a jar? Share your grandma’s favorite canning recipe. Or do you make portion-controlled desserts? How about snacks? Show us how you are raising the bar on what can be made (or served) in a jar!”

I love Mason and Ball jars for just about everything. Smoothie glasses, left-overs, to-go soup. You name it, an old jar holds it. But one of my most recent favorites is homemade pickled okra straight from my in-laws garden!

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Me and my father-in-law picking okra right from his garden, and speaking of my father-in-law, sending him a huge happy birthday wish all the way from California!

Most store bought pickled products have far too much sodium, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial dyes. But not my mother-in-law’s recipe!

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Pickled okra makes for a delicious snack, a veggie-full bloody mary add in, a perfect picnic basket throw in, a side at your next barbecue, or any other time that the craving strikes! This recipe is easy, inexpensive and delicious!

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Garden Harvest Pickled Okra

Recipe adapted from Grandma Oma’s Pickled Okra

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh okra

  • 3 jalapeños

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons salt

Directions

  1. Prepare three Mason jars for canning by sterilizing jars and lids. Put a steaming rack or clean dish towel at the bottom of a large pot, and place the jars on the rack/towel (do not let the jar touch the bottom of the pan). Fill the pot with water up  to the rim of the jars. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 10 minutes.  Sterilize the lids by placing them  in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over them.
  2. Divide the fresh okra evenly between 3 sterile (1 pint) jars. Place one jalapeño, one garlic clove and one teaspoon of dill into each jar.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the water, vinegar and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Pour over the ingredients in the jars, and seal in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Refrigerate jars after opening for at least 48 hours or longer.

(We opened one jar after just 48 hours and the okra was perfectly pickled and delicious, however, most recipes state that the pickling process takes much longer.)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have! This is the perfect answer to an end of summer okra surplus!

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Check out what some of the others from the group are doing below and have a great Wednesday!

Good health!

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gretchen August 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm

i love okra!! this looks delicious… and welcome to the redux!
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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thank you so much! Such an amazing group to be apart of! Thanks for stopping by!

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The Meal Makeover Moms August 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

Yum! I wish I had a fresh okra garden, that pickled okra looks delish!
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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I will definitely be sad when the surplus is out!! We go through a jar like it’s nothing! 🙂

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Meme @ Living Well Kitchen August 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Yum!! I love pickled okra! It’s such a good snack, and it’s delicious in a good bloody mary 🙂
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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

You are right about that!! Delicious regardless of how you enjoy it!!!

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Deanna Segrave-Daly August 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

First off, welcome aboard with ReDux! Now, being a northerner, I don’t I’ve ever seen an okra plant so this post was definitely educational for me! I do like okra and I think the only time I’ve had it pickled was in a bloody mary in NOLA and it was really really good 🙂

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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thank you so much!! I’m very excited to join such an amazing group! Great to hear! Yes, delicious in bloody marys and just as much so as a side or snack too!! Thank you for stopping by!!

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Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) August 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Welcome to the RR! I love pickled okra, but I’m with Deanna- I’ve only had it in bloody Marys. While I love pickled vegetables in those, I bet this would taste great on it’s own as well.
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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thank you!! I’m very excited to join in on the fun! That was the first way I tried it too and fell in love!! But yes, tasty on it’s own as well!!

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Ashley @ The Fresh Beet August 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’m with everyone else when I say, I Love Pickled Okra! How great to be able to pick it fresh from the garden. Great post! Oh…and I think I just fell in love with your boxer 🙂

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Ashley August 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Ashley! It is sooo delicious!! Awe, if he/they could they would tell you thank you 😉 they are so much fun!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Serena September 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

pinning now to pickle tomorrow!
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Ashley September 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Happy to hear!!! I’m sure they will be delicious!!

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