Pickled Okra - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
As I grew up in the northeastern U.S., I tried okra for the first time only five years ago at an Indian restaurant in LA — and I’ve been hooked on these crunchy pods ever since. I have no tolerance for people who whine about okra’s innards being slimy — that’s a feature, not a bug! It’s precisely why people stew it and use it in gumbo; that slime is a natural thickener. In any case, cooking coaxes out the mucilage that makes okra slimy, so you won’t find that fibrous goo in your finished okra pickles. Refrigerator pickles are a nice trick to have in your cooking repertoire; though they’re not shelf-stable, they’re a snap (ha!) to throw together and add some fun to sandwiches or hors d’oeuvre plates. I’ve pickled green beans, garlic, jalapeños, and, of course, cucumbers, but this is hands-down my favorite kind of refrigerator pickle. When you’re pickling things, as a general rule, you want your veggies to be as fresh as possible. The longer you wait to pickle them, the less crisp they’re likely to be. Nothing beats pickled food with a satisfying crunch to it! So if you can get your hands on …
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