At the end of 2018, we received an exciting email asking if we'd film an upcoming episode of Most Expensivest
, a show hosted by rapper 2 Chainz on Viceland, which explores the extravagant ways that the 1% spend their wealth. Needless to say, this was a dream come true for our cofounder, Tyler, who is a big fan of the show and its host.
In the spirit of the show's premise, and purely for the sake of novelty, we set out to make the most unapologetically extravagant pickles we could, while also trying to stay true to 2 Chainz's brand. After much thought, we decided to make pickled carrots, called 24 Carrots, as a nod to 24 karat gold adorning the chains around 2 Chainz's neck. However, we knew we wanted to be a little more creative that simply tossing some edible gold flakes into the jar. We did extensive research to track down some of the highest quality and most expensive vinegars, salts, and spices. In the end, we chose a trio of unique vinegars: Champagne Ardenne Vinegar, White Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Vinegar De Jerez. For salt, we used Netarts Bay Oregon Sea Salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. And for spices, we added Iranian red saffron, fennel pollen, Piment d'Espelette, and Mexican vanilla bean. To keep on theme, we tediously carved the carrots into real gemstone shapes. This required some serious knifework, along with a copious amount of patience and caution.
Anyone who is familiar with 2 Chainz knows about his beloved French Bulldog, Trappy, who also happens to co-host Most Expensivest. In the spirit of keeping to our zero food waste mentality, we repurposed the carrot scraps from the 24 Carrots into all-natural dog treats for Trappy, and we cut them into diamond shapes.
As The Real Dill has grown, more people know us for our Bloody Mary Mix than our pickles. So we had to bust out the most extravagant Bloody Mary we could imagine. We used our Bloody Mary Mix and Bloody Mary Rimming Spice, then added Herradura selección suprema tequila ($360 bottle), a whole lobster tail, crab claw, shrimp, pickled okra, and a 24 Carrot on top.
The trip to Dallas was a blast, but the highlight for us was seeing Lucy, Tyler's 7 month old daughter, make a cameo at the end of the episode while getting her picture taken with 2 Chainz.
24 Carrots were made solely as a novelty item for the filming of Most Expensivest, so unfortunately they are not available to purchase. But, we wanted to give you a quick, at-home pickling recipe that you can make for yourself. We hope you enjoy!
Quick Pickled Carrots | Yields 1 16 oz. jarIngredients
- 2-3 large carrots, peeled
- 1 16 oz. mason jar
- 1 cup white wine or champagne vinegar (or any vinegar you have on hand)
- 1 cup water, filtered preferably
- 2 tbsp of diced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp red pepper flake
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Balance sweet and saltiness to taste with sugar and salt
- Cut 2-3 large carrots into sticks so they can fit into your jar
- Combine vinegar, water, ginger, red pepper flake, coriander, black pepper, salt, and sugar to a pot and bring to a boil
- Pour brine over carrots in jar and let sit for 5 min.
- After 5 min., strain the brine back out and put back into your pot
- Reboil the brine
- Pour the hot brine over the carrots once again
- Seal your jar with your lid and let it come to room temperature
- Once the jar is cooled, stick it in your fridge for a few days to develop flavor