Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A visit to Brooklyn Brine Gowanus Pickle Factory

Monday morning Liz, of Raganella Botanical Solutions, and I went to visit Brooklyn Brine's pickle factory in the Gowanus. Supersweet Shamus, the owner, was kind enough to take us on a tour, share some tips on growing a small business, and also share a bitchin' recipe for fried pickles. 

The business advice was at once sage and full of youthful enthusiasm. To summarize: Start small. Do what you're doing well and with a dedicated heart. Be open to growth as well as the experience of confronting, and learning through, the challenges that growth presents.

Here is a recipe for fried pickles:
  1. Dredge a pickle in a mixture of all purpose flour (or finely ground cornmeal) and seasonings. Try lots of black pepper, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, salt, and dried dill.
  2. Dip pickle in a batter mixture. Try flour and beer!
  3. Dredge again.
  4. Fry in a pan with some oil.
  5. Yum! 
I left with a jar of Brooklyn Brine's new Maple Bourbon Bread and Butter pickles made with caramelized onions, organic New York State maple syrup, and Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey. Mmmm...

Here are some pics from our visit:

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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