One of the easiest things to can or preserve has to be pickles. And you aren’t limited to just traditional pickled cucumbers. Discover 7 amazing homemade pickle recipes you can add to your pantry this weekend.
I love pickles, just being honest. Pickled asparagus has to be my favorite pickled vegetable. Making homemade pickles is super easy and you don’t have to make a huge batch or stock the pantry with lots of jars. In fact, you can make a small batch of refrigerator pickles for snacks or to add to sandwiches.
Pickling vegetables is one of the easiest ways to preserve the summer harvest. It’s super easy to do and rather inexpensive. You can pickle cucumbers, peppers, asparagus, carrots, beans, onions and beets to name a few.
How To Pickle Vegetables
Pickling vegetables is all about preserving the vegetable of choice in a vinegar, water brine.
Traditionally the brine is about a 50/50 water, vinegar solution with added sugar, salt and spices depending on the recipe. The brine preserves and flavors the vegetable.
Pickled vegetables are a very popular item to can and preserve. Water bath canning is used when making pickles because the vinegar solution has a high acidity level. If you don’t want to can your pickles opt for a refrigerator pickle recipe.
Pickles make great gifts and great pantry additions. Plus it’s super easy to change up a pickle recipe.
If you are making cucumber pickles you can vary the flavor by adding dill, garlic, onions or peppers to the jars. Each jar could be slightly different.
Making homemade pickles is a great way to save money, stock the pantry, preserve the harvest and make your own gifts. Homemade pickles are more flavorful than store bought pickles and they are easy to make with the right supplies.
The brine you make both quick pickles and canning or preserving pickles is made up of the same ingredients give or take spices. Most pickling brines contain vinegar, water, kosher salt and sugar.
Some examples of vegetables you may want to try pickling are cucumbers, beets, beans, carrots, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, squash and peppers.
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How To Quick Pickle
For a quick pickle brine the basic recipe is equal parts vinegar and water. Some will add sugar and kosher salt as well this will vary on personal taste.
Quick Pickle Vegetables
You can quick pickle or refrigerator pickle most vegetables. Quick pickling is a great way to preserve a small summer harvest. For example if you have one or two cucumbers or a hand full of beans you can quick pickle them. You can also make quick pickles if you are in need of pickle condiments.
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