As Jon and I walked through the urban wasteland of Gowanus Brooklyn, looking for a disused canning factory, we had to wonder; had we fallen into a Hipster trap?
Weâ€™d been promised a rooftop screening of an as yet unreleased indi documentary, preceded by a woman playing songs from her new Kickstarter-funded album, featuring the Zimbabwean thumb piano and a baritone ukulele. No word of a lie.
â€œThis is exactly how I would do it if I wanted to trap a Hipster,â€ said Jon. â€œIâ€™d lure them out to the middle of nowhere â€“ it even says on the flyer that this is a disused factory â€“ with the promise of off-beat entertainment. Maybe Iâ€™d bait the trap with a Lukeâ€™s Lobster roll, some organic, locally sourced, homemade artisanal shaved ice. Bang. Hipster trap.â€
Personally, Iâ€™d turn to pickles â€“ sure, some of the vocabulary would be the same; artisanal, organic, homegrown, farmerâ€™s market, locally sourced, handcrafted, homemade.
Itâ€™s funny to think that the same words that mean â€œcosts at least 10 bucks, no sweatâ€ in New York also mean, â€œI grew these in my garden and couldnâ€™t live with my Methodist self to throw them awayâ€ in Grandma speak.
Still, Hipster, Grandma or not, thereâ€™s something lovely about a Mason Jar full of something you made yourself that makes your sandwiches off the charts delicious.
These pickles keep for about a week in the fridge. If you want to keep them for longer, sterilize the jar properly and seal.
Makes 1 jar (about 1/2 pint)Half a jar full of strawberries â€“ about 10 (which is about Â¼ lb) Â¾ – cup apple cider or red or white wine vinegar 2 tsp honey Â½ tsp salt 1 tsp black peppercorns 1 stalk rosemary or 1 large piece of orange peel, or 1 large sprig of mint Â
- Hull the strawberries and put into a clean jam jar
- Pour the vinegar, honey, salt, peppercorns and rosemary into a small pan and heat gently until the mixture simmers
- Take off the heat and cool
- Pour over the strawberries and seal the jar
- Keep the jar in the fridge and shake one a day for 3 days
- Serve the pickles with bread and cheese, or on ham sandwiches
If You Can Make That You Can Make This
- Change up the flavorings: Orange peel is lovely, and mint is a favorite, but basil is also good, and adding a vanilla pod gives a really delicious almost floral flavor – see what works for you
- Try using pink rather than black peppercorns
- Add a few whole coriander seeds
- Or a sliced red chili
- Switch up the vinegars – try white wine vinegar instead of apple cider, or red wine vinegar
- Or try these rhubarb pickles