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:
- 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.
- Dip pickle in a batter mixture. Try flour and beer!
- Dredge again.
- Fry in a pan with some oil.
Here are some pics from our visit: