Sotto aceti (under acid) are a very popular anti-pasto in Italy. Sotto aceti are made up of mixed veggetables, peppers, zucchini, eggplant in vinegar. The combinations are endless or very often soto aceti consist of just one vegetable. The tastes can differ as well, the veggies can be spicy, mild, sweet, with or without spices but salt is mandatory.
I like my giardiniera very simple and without sliced peppers. I don't really like the consistency of the pickled red or green pepper. I like whole peppers so I put those in, I also like cauliflower, green beans, carrots, celery and pearl onions and I don't like it sweet. So I made my own. A jar of Bick's hot mixed pickled veggies is about $4.50 and for about $8.00 I made 8 jars, quite a savings.
For the first time I'm also making pickled green beans, afterall what's a Bloody Caesar without pickled green beans or asparagus. Forget the celery.
Super Delicious Bloody Caesar recipe:
Wipe the rim of a large glass with a cut lime, dip the rim in celery salt. Fill the glass with ice, lots of ice is key. Add an ounce of vodka (or more) totally up to you, fill the glass with Clamato juice, add a few drops of Tabasco and Worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste, stir with a pickled green bean, and enjoy. I wish I had a glass to show you but well...all I have at this point is a picture of the empty glass I use.
I'm busy with all sorts of canning and pickling but I do other things besides cook and drink Caesars...I'm also patching a pair of my son's work jeans, stitching some new kitcheny things for the shop and upcycling an old pair of jeans into a purse...stay tuned.