Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Vegetables

It's almost the end of the MCG season, but I still want to enjoy my harvest all year long.

Pickling in a brine is a way of preserving your beautiful carrots, peppers or green beans for a rainy day in January (or snowy).

Here, I also have an instant salad in a jar.

I pickled my cherry tomatoes along with my beans and my red onions.

These pretty Weck jars would also would make lovely holiday gifts (I'm thinking ahead).

Here's how: (adapted from Food Network)

Blanch 1/3 pound each halved baby carrots, green beans and yellow beans, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cool in ice water, then put in a glass bowl with 1/2 sliced red onion. I also added in halved cherry tomatoes, red and yellow with the onions (do not blanch the tomatoes or onions).

Make the brine:
Boil 2 cups each white vinegar and water, 1/4 cup kosher salt, 2 bay leaves, 3/4 cup sugar, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, and 1 teaspoon each peppercorns and coriander seeds and whole cloves; pour over the vegetables, then let cool.

Chill at least 4 hours.
The veggies will be nice and crunchy and will stay in the fridge for about a month without any taste change.

You can also sterilize the jars to keep the pickled vegetables for the winter months without refrigeration.

When you are in a hurry, just open the jar and voila! Salad already made!


Katie C. said...

I would want a bigger jar. That one wouldn't last very long.

Anyway, so you mean that you use a water bath canning? How long do you boil it?

We canned tomatoes from the farmers market this weekend. So pretty!

Natalia said...

What a fabulous idea - I never thought of pickling vegetables together - up to now, I've pickled kirby cukes and green tomatoes, and right before the holidays I marinate and store wild store-bought mushrooms. I agree with Katie - definitely need a larger jar.

AdriBarr said...

Beautiful! All the colors of summer are preserved for the cold wintry days to come. Great idea!

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

Beautiful Stace, gotta make tomorrow.