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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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What the Heck are Ramps?

What the Heck are Ramps?

Pickled Ramps
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon coarse salt, plus more as needed
2 lb. ramps, cleaned, green leaves trimmed to 1″ past white and red parts
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon. mustard seed
2 teaspoons mixed peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1 bay leaf

Instructions:
Bring a 4-quart saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add ramps and cook until slightly tender, about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, place ramps in an ice bath. Drain and place them in a sterilized 1-quart glass jar with airtight lid. Pour out the boiling water and combine 1 tablespoon salt, 1 cup water, vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, peppercorns, caraway seed, fennel seed, cumin seed, and bay leaf in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Pour mixture over the ramps and seal the jar. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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