How to Pickle Anything

Posted on Oct 9 2017 by Lyndsey Dulfer


How to Pickle Anything

Ingredients

How to Quick Pickle Any Vegetable

  • 1 pound of fresh vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, green beans, summer squash, cherry tomatoes)
  • 2 sprigs fresh herbs, such as thyme, dill, or rosemary (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons whole spices such as black peppercorns, coriander, or mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs or ground spices (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed or sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup vinegar (white, apple cider, or rice)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of kosher salt or 2 teaspoons of pickling salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash 2 wide-mouth pint jars and dry completely 
  2. Wash and dry vegetables. Cut vegetables into desired shapes and sizes.
  3. Divide the herbs, spices, or garlic into the 2 jars.
  4. Pack the vegetables into the jars, making sure there is a 1/2 inch of space from the rim of the jar to the tops of the vegetables. Pack them as tightly as you can without smashing.
  5. Combine the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Pour the brine over the vegetables, filling to within 1/2 inch of the top.
  6. Gently tap the jars against the counter a few times to remove air bubbles. Top of with more brine if necessary.
  7. Let the jars cool to room temperature. Store the pickled vegetables in the refrigerator. Vegetables will improve with flavor as they age - wait at least 48 hours before opening them. Pickled vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Sour Pickle Brine Recipe | Yield 6 cups

  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Bring to a boil & stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Sweet Pickle Brine Recipe | Yield 6 cups

  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Bring to a boil & stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.