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Welcome to Pickles and Beef Jerky dot com!
Written by Web Master   
Monday, 24 October 2011

Dear Reader,

I am sorry that this website is such a disaster and in dire need or re-work. I got tired of the endless hack attempts to my outdated Joomla site, and took the whole thing offline.

I will work to get the pages back up and working again but for now, pretty much everything is broken.

Hopefully it will not be this way forever...

 -cris


Written by Web Master   
Saturday, 12 June 2004

Do you like Pickles?  Do you like Jerky?  Olives?  Kimchi? Pickled Peppers?  Pickled anything?!  I know I do.  Would you like to make your own pickles or jerky?  I've made both and I have to tell you, my grandmother's recipe makes the best pickles I've ever had bar-none! For the recipe, see the article "Grandma Rachel's Homemade Pickles" below. The best thing about making them yourself is that you can flavor them any way you like!  If you like hot and spicy pickles, you can add more pepper.  Sweet pickles, add more sugar or use a different vinegar.  It's all in your hands.

I've already added some things, but in the coming months look for even more reviews, recipies, "How-to" tutorials and even pickles and jerkies of the month.  If you have your own recipe to share, email me and I'll add it to the site! This is the website for everyone like me who goes to Fuddruckers not just for the burgers, but because they let you have all the pickles you want Smile, and for those who go to AM-PM not for the gas, but for the quickie-mart jerky!

So welcome - have a look around, and let us know what you think!

 -cris


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Pickles and Beef Jerky across Europe
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 05 August 2007

Well we just got back from our 3 week adventure across Europe and while the facts are not all in, the place to go for great snacks is Germany and the Czech republic!

As we ate our way from Prague back to England, I can say without a doubt- if you want pickles, don't go to England!  Munich was really paradise for me as I was able to find so many great things in one place.  Beer, Pretzels, Pickles, Dried meat, great sausage, olives -  yum.

Check out my trip report! 

 


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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2008 )
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Grandma Rachel's Homemade Pickles
Written by Cris   
Thursday, 09 February 2006

grandma's pickles

 

 

This recipe was perfected by Rachel Knight of Denison, Tx.

It was passed on to me by my dad and 2 uncles who grew up on these pickles, and when done right, there are none better.

Read on for the recipe...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 May 2006 )
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Cris' Homemade Jerky #1
Written by Cris   
Thursday, 09 February 2006

cris' homemade jerky In looking through my recipe book I found about 6 different versions of this recipe that I was working on perfecting so I decided to make some this weekend to see how it tasted.

None of my recipes can compare to the real smoke jerky I have reviewed on my website, but this one turned out pretty well this weekend and was a hit at work, even more so than the Alton Brown recipe!

This recipe has a little bit of soy for the salt content and color, but it is not enough to overpower the rest of the ingredients.

 

 


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Last Updated ( Monday, 28 August 2006 )
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Deli Pickles While You Wait!
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 19 February 2006



 When I made my Grandma's homemade pickles last weekend I had some extra cucumbers that would not fit in my jars, so I decided to try a salt-brined "fermented" pickle method.

I have made this type of pickles in the past, but normally the recipe calls for an about 2.5% salt solution to ferment the cucumbers in. This time I wanted to see if I could use the approximately 5.5% brine that tastes so good from my grandmother's recipe.

The benefit to the brine fermentation is that they do not take nearly as long to pickle, and the lactic acid created in the fermentation process makes the pickles taste more like deli pickles.

Read on for the step by step instructions...

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Easy Homemade Kimchi
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 12 March 2006

If you are asking yourself, "What is Kimchi?", you will have a pretty good idea by the end of this recipe, but for a really great introduction to the history and culture of Korean pickled vegetables, I highly reccommend checking out  http://www.kimchi.or.kr/eng/main.jsp.   There you will find dozens of recipes and articles about Kimchi and its part in traditional Korean life.

 


 I have been making my own kimchi at home for several years now, and I have tried many different recipes and vegetables, but for this one, I just wanted to go back to the most basic of ingredients and make a batch with just cabbage, red pepper, garlic, and salt.  If you visited the site above, you'd soon find that this doesn't even qualify as Kimchi by Korean standards, as I have left out three main ingredients: radish, ginger, and green onion.  I normally include these, but I wanted to see what it would taste like without them, and wanted to keep this tutorial as simple and basic as possible.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 May 2006 )
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Fun at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 05 November 2006
 In Madison, Wisconsin, the Capitol Farmer's Market only happened in the summer, and for a good reason:  it was deathly cold in the winters- especially in the mornings!  This must be why I am continually surprised to find the Farmer's Markets open in LA even when the days turn short and the air starts to chill. 

However this weekend at the Santa Monica Farmers Market I got 2 more pleasant suprises!  Not only have I found the Best Olives I have had on this continent, I also found a new old favorite that I have not had since leaving the Badger State.  Fresh cheese curds!


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Making Alton Brown's Beef Jerky
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 06 August 2006

 alton brown jerky

 

This weekend I decided to try Alton Brown's homemade beef jerky method.


I have made my own jerky in the past and even own a couple of dehydrators, but Alton's "ghetto" method using a box fan and furnace filters was intriguing so I wanted to give it a shot!

 

 


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Last Updated ( Monday, 28 August 2006 )
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A Trip to Seoul Market
Written by Cris   
Monday, 08 May 2006

seoul market

When I started making my Korean pickles this weekend I knew that I was going to need some "Chinese chives" that I did not know how to find.

I also was unsure about just how exactly some of the things I wanted to make were supposed to turn out, so I decided to take a trip over to the Korean market to see if they had my chives, and get some snacks to take home too  sm_biggrin


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Schreiner's - My Kind of Store!
Written by Cris   
Saturday, 04 February 2006

Schreiner's Fine SausagesBack in the late 90's we lived in Glendale, CA.  At some point while driving around one day I noticed a small independent meat market in the northernmost end of Glendale, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains.  I don't even know why I went in the first time, but I love discovering new treats and so one day I walked through the door.  This was my kind of store!

The first thing I noticed was the meat. Lots and lots of meat.  Then the pickles.  They had imported pickles- I'd have to try some of those.  I may not have even bought anything that first time, but at some point I left with a small vacuum sealed packet of beef jerky.

The next time I went there, I was buying it by the pound...


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Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 October 2006 )
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Road Trip to Robertson's
Written by Cris   
Wednesday, 25 January 2006

milageIf you live in Texas or Oklahoma, you must have heard of it.  Being most recently from California, my first introduction to Robertson's "Real" Beef Jerky was two years ago at my Dad's 60th birthday party.  My uncle walked into the room with a very large clear canister full of long dark brown slices of dried meat.  He gave the canister to my dad and remarked, "We stopped by Robertson's on the way down."  I thought to myself, "Beef Jerky good enough to warrant a special trip? Now this I've got to try." When the canister was cracked open later I finally got to sample the good stuff.  Oh yes- it was good.  I even was given a nice little bag to take home with me on the plane.  It didn't last long- and I lost the web address...


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Bavarian Bretzeln
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 04 February 2007
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Pickle Juice Sport!
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 10 December 2006

So of all things, now Pickle Juice is now a sports drink!

picklejuice

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Alien Fresh Jerky
Written by Cris   
Saturday, 05 August 2006

A friend of mine loaded me up with some Alien Fresh Jerky for my birthday!

alien jerky



I had always seen the roadsigns and wanted to stop at the little store in Baker, California near the worlds tallest thermometer, but never had the chance.  Now I could try it for myself!


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Last Updated ( Saturday, 05 August 2006 )
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Kruegermann Spicy Pickles
Written by Cris   
Thursday, 03 August 2006

I cracked open my jar of Kruegermann Spicy Pickles last night and was pleasantly suprised!

When Kim and I were in England in 1995, I began to get a strong hankerin' for a pickle!  Unfortunately, they are not as easy to find there as they are here in America, although we did finally find some "Gherkins" as they call them in a small German market in Llangollen, Wales.  Anyway- the pickles we got in Wales were a packed in a sweet oniony brine that was OK but not my most favorite thing in the world, and when I saw these, I was afraid that they would be the same.   

However, these are quite good!  Yes they have a little bit of a sweetness, but they also have a nice kick which counteracts the sweetness perfectly.  They are also good and crisp :)  If you have a market near you that sells German style pickles, give these a try!

 

kruegermann pickles

 

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 August 2006 )
 
G & G Crispy Pork Jerky
Written by Cris   
Friday, 14 April 2006

These were given to me by some friends who are readers of this website.  I'm not really sure where they got them, or if they even tried them for themselves, but it is my duty to report my findings here  Cheesy  Thanks Guys!

pork jerky



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No More Pickling Lime?
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 09 April 2006

pickle crisp

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Escondido Ostrich Jerky
Written by Cris   
Wednesday, 29 March 2006

We went to the San Diego Wild Animal park last weekend, and on the way we passed a little side of the road fruit stand, but what really got my attention was this little white sign:


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Oh Why! Oberto?
Written by Cris   
Tuesday, 21 February 2006

I just don't get it.

Oh Boy Oberto had the BEST product on the market in my opinion.  The Beef Jerky they used to make was salty and smoky and cut in to very thin bite sized pieces and could be purchased at club stores and grocery stores in huge bags for like $5!

Then one day the packaging changed to red and I saw the words, "Now With More Smoke Flavor!"
(they have replaced that wording on the current bag with "Natural Smoke Flavor Added")


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Vallarta Market Cecina Seca
Written by Cris   
Monday, 13 February 2006
While shopping at Vallarta market this weekend for my pickle story, I happened to notice that they had beef jerky at the meat counter- so I just had to try a little Smiley




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Where to Buy Pickling Supplies?
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 09 April 2006

If you are eager to make some pickles of your own, but do not know where to find some of the specialized supplies and ingredients, have no fear!  Most are not hard to find.  Canning jars and lids are often found at the grocery store.  Pickling salt and lime are harder to find, but are not absolutely neccessary.  Kosher salt can be substituted with adequate results.

To find a store near you, try this website  http://www.homecanning.com/usa/ALRetailers.asp run by the company that now owns the Ball and Kerr brandnames.

You might also try one of these online retailers:

http://www.pressurecooker-outlet.com/homecanning.htm

http://www.canningpantry.com/mrs-wages.html

http://homecanningsupply.com/pages/prodserv.html

I have not tried any of them myself, but I will be needing more salt and lime soon, so I'll have to try one of them and report my findings.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 April 2006 )
 
Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds
Written by Cris   
Sunday, 01 October 2006

While not actually a pickle, you may want to try these this month as they may not be around long!

 pickle seeds

I tried them and they are actually pretty good- as far as pickle flavored seeds go :)

you have to get a whole bunch in your mouth at once to really taste the pickle though.

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