With the transition of seasons, your veggie garden is transitioning, too. If you're tired of canning -- and friends and relatives cannot keep up with your bounty -- pickling some of your crop adds flavor and preserves the vegetables at the same time. Nearly every culture has its version and methods for pickling. Pickled items are considered high in acidity and there's increasing studies noting their beneficial nutritional qualities.
Dean Lambros owns Pickled Perfection, and if you frequent Phoenix-area farmers markets, you've probably sampled some of his company's unique foods. Chow Bella caught up with Lambros to learn more about pickling and what to consider when trying the process at home.