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How To Pickle Vegetables

  • Author: Lauren Daniel
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Quarts 1x
  • Category: Side dish, appetizer
  • Method: Pickling
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These homemade pickled vegetables are perfect for snacking, charcuterie boards, or as a side at your next bbq. They are easy to make, tasty, and are good for you.


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Ingredients

Suggested veggies (use whatever kind you like!):

  • 2 small onions, slices or spiralized
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cucumber, sliced or cut into spears
  • 1 c carrots, sliced or cut into sticks
  • ½ c radishes, sliced
  • 1 c mini sweet peppers, quarted or halved
  • ½ c cauliflower, chop into bite size pieces
  • 1 celery stalk or ½ tsp celery seeds (optional)

Other veggies you could try: okra, green beans, cabbage or beets.

Brine

  • 2 c water
  • 1 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c white vinegar
  • ¼½ c sugar (I used coconut sugar, but any sugar will do)*
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

+ 2 quart size glass jars


Instructions

  1. Salt sliced cucumbers and let sit for 2 hours then rinse before adding brine. (This step is optional I like to do this to ensure my cucumbers and are extra crispy.) 
  2. Prepare vegetables.
  3. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, salt, sugar and dry spices in a large saucepan. Bring to low boil over med-high heat. Simmer 2 minutes, stir, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add any fresh herbs you may like to the jar include, dill, oregano, basil, or rosemary are all wonderful additions to pickles.
  5. Fill jars with vegetables (I did one jar mixed veggies and one jar cucumbers).
  6. Pour or ladle brine over vegetables submerge completely, pressing down on them with the end of a wooden spoon. Be sure to leave ½ inch headspace.
  7. Let sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours and then place in refrigerator.
  8. Allow pickling for 48-72 hours, then enjoy! These are good for up to 2 months under refrigeration.

Notes

*Sugar is for flavor and can be adjusted to your liking. For a sweeter pickle add closer to ½ c.

To add some heat and create a spicy pickled version, add 1 sliced jalapeno to each jar and 1 tsp of red pepper flakes.

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