Buy okra at the market today and make this.
Nearly everything is good pickled, but few things are better than pickled okra. At its best, pickled okra offers a snappy skin, creamy interior and bright dill and sour flavors. Even okraphobes could get on board with this one. It’s perfect for Bloody Mary’s but should be on more charcuterie plates as well.
Store-bought varieties – all I’ve had in past – are good. But I wondered if I could do it better. I found this easy-seeming recipe on familycuisine.net, picked up a few pints of okra from the farmers market and whipped up a batch. Beyond the waiting – five weeks! – it wasn’t difficult at all.
The other night I unscrewed the lid of the first jar and tasted alongside a store-bought jar from Talk O’ Texas (available at Schnucks). Texas’ weren’t bad, and were favored by one of the four assembled tasters (which consisted of Mrs. SMEs, myself and the kiddos). But homemade won with both adults and the 3 year-old, so there. They were a little brighter-tasting and slightly crunchier. There was no heat in mine because I used the pathetic wastlings from my garden instead of real peppers. It wasn’t a blind tasting for me, so the slight chemical flavor I picked up in the commercial okra may have been imagined, but probably not. Altogether a real success. Recipe after the jump.