How to Pickle Vegetables

I think we can all agree that we’ve been getting a bit more creative in the kitchen lately. We’ve been trying out recipes like never before and stocking our kitchen with pantry staples. I think everyone is looking for more ways to keep stocked up on veggies but also how to have them last a long time too.

In this blog article, we are sharing how to pickle vegetables and how it is so simple to do at home!

The bonus of pickling your vegetables yourself is that its also fun to do!

Pickling vegetables is a great way to have vegetables at your disposal because once your veggies are pickled, they have a longer lifespan. The pickling process has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest ways of preserving food. 

There are many benefits to pickling vegetables!

Pickling is an easy way to enjoy out of season vegetables and add variety to your plant-based dishes. Pickling your leftover vegetables is also a good way to reduce your food waste. You can start by saving vegetable scraps you aren’t using in your recipes for pickling, this way you get more out of your fresh produce. Another beneficial factor of pickling vegetables is that it is very inexpensive to do and will save you money from buying canned pickled goods. 

To get started pickling vegetables, all the equipment you need to have is either a glass container or mason jar! This is it! 

Which Vegetables To Pickle

Well, just about any vegetable can be pickled, but some veggies work better than others. Pickled vegetables are wonderful to add to many different dishes and pack a powerful punch of flavour! 

The list below are vegetables that turn out well when pickled:

  • Red Onion
  • Cucumber 
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Radishes 
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips 
  • Tomatoes
  • Fennel 
  • Jalapeno 
  • Red Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Garlic 
  • Zucchini 
  • Cabbage

How to Pickle Vegetables

  1. Grab your mason jar or glass container
  2. Pick your vegetables and spices of choice
  3. Heat your vinegar and water in a pot 
  4. Add sugar and salt to your vinegar and water mixture till dissolved completely 
  5. Add any spices to the brine 
  6.  Pour pickling brine over vegetables of choice 
  7. Simple Pickle Brine

    This brine works well for pickling vegetables.
    Prep Time1 hr
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time1 hr 20 mins
    Servings: 2 quarts

    Equipment

    • Mason Jar
    • Glass Container

    Ingredients

    • 1⅓ cup Vinegar refer to the vinegar option list
    • tbsp Cane sugar
    • 2 cup Water
    • 2 tbsp Sea salt
    • 1-2 tbsp Desired spices and herbs refer to the spice and herb option list

    Instructions

    • Prepare your vegetables by cutting them into slices, cubes or you can grate. Once your veggies are prepared add them to your mason or glass containers.
    • Bring your water, vinegar, sea salt and cane sugar to a simmer.
    • While your waiting for the brine to come to a boil, add in your spices to your vegetable jars.
    • Once your brine is boiled, add to the liquid to the jars.
    • Tightly seal your mason jar or glass container.
    • Marinate your veggies for at least 1-2 hours before tasting. It is best to let your pickled vegetables marinate overnight for the best flavor.
    • These veggies will last between 2-4 weeks depending on the vegetable.

Ways to Spice Your Pickled Vegetables

When pickling your vegetables, adding spices and different kinds of vinegar will improve the flavour. We’ve found starting with your vinegar brine, then adding a classic blend of peppercorn and mustard seed is an easy base recipe to spice up your vegetables, but you can get creative! 

Types of Vinegar To Use: 

  • White or Red Wine Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • White Vinegar

Herbs to Add to Your Pickled Vegetables:

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves

Spices to Add to Your Pickled Vegetables:

  • Dill seeds 
  • Tumeric
  • Black pepper 
  • Chilli flakes 
  • Celery seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Anise Pods 
  • Corridor or cumin seeds

When you pick your vinegar and spices for your brine this will give your vegetables different flavours once the marinating process is complete. We suggest determining whether you want a spicy, sweet or tangy taste to your pickled vegetables and pick your ingredients accordingly. 

Pickling Flavour Options 

Spicy: Add in a few slices of jalepeno to really kick up the heat! You can also add in chilli flakes, black pepper, chilli peppers, mustard seeds and onions! 

Tangy: Bay leaves, cilantro, parsley, dill seeds and loads of garlic will do an excellent job at adding a sharp tang to your pickled veggies. To balance out your tangy flavour, try adding ginger, cloves or citrus peel!

Sweet: Do you want a bit of sweetness added to your beets, cucumber, carrots or parsnips? Add fresh dill, turmeric, citrus peel, ginger or cinnamon. We would suggest going for a white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar option for a sweet taste. 

Our Pickling Combo Favourites:

  • Carrots, jalapeno, garlic, cumin seeds and white wine vinegar 
  • Cucumbers, dill seeds, black pepper and apple cider vinegar
  • Beets, cloves, cinnamon, allspice and white vinegar
  • Red onion or radish, cloves, black peppercorn and red wine vinegar
  • Tomatoes, garlic, cloves and apple cider vinegar 
  • Green beans, chilli flakes, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, garlic and white vinegar

How to Serve Pickled Vegetable

Pickled vegetables work well in many plant-based recipes; this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner! For breakfast, try adding them to your tofu scramble or breakfast sandwich. When it comes to lunch, try it in a wrap, salad or use it as a topping for a veggie burger! My favourite ways to add pickled vegetables to dinner recipes would be tacos, buddha rice bowls and is also fantastic as a pizza topping! With that being said, there are many delicious ways to incorporate pickled veggies into your recipes. Pickled vegetables also make for an easy snack on their own and are great on the go! 

Add Pickled Vegetables to These Plant You Recipes:

Are you looking for more ways to preserve your vegetables and have them last a long time? 

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