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Refrigerator Pickled Vegetables

Try your hand at this easy to follow recipe that will leave you with several weeks worth of refrigerator pickled vegetables that you can enjoy again and again.

Why Refrigerator Pickled Vegetables

There are several reasons that I want to encourage you to eat these wonderful vegetables.

First, these vegetables provide you with a new and exciting way to add more vegetables to your diet. By changing the flavor with just herbs you can tailor these vegetables to what your tastebuds most enjoy.

Another reason you should eat these vegetables is that the pickling process adds wonderful healthy flora to your gut microbiome. These refrigerator pickled vegetables actually work to feed and fuel a healthy gut microbiome – something that we all need.

Finally, these vegetables are just good for you and delicious!

Let’s dive in to how to make these wonderful vegetables so that you can make a batch this weekend and enjoy them for the rest of the week.

Ingredients

Brine Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of salt (flavor to taste)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar or honey

Vegetable Ingredients

You will need about 3 cups of vegetables combined to make this recipe. Choose from those listed below to determine which you would like best in your jars.

  • onions (red and white)
  • zucchini
  • peppers (assorted colors suggested)
  • asparagus spears
  • celery
  • 3 garlic cloves

Seasonings and Spices

  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pickling spice (optional)

Preparation and Instructions

  1. Dice hard tough vegetables that may need to be blanched.
  2. Blanch any tough vegetables, such as carrots, beets, parsnip or other root vegetables. Blanch by steaming them above boiling water for about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Dice, slice or chop remaining vegetables into bitesize pieces, using a bias style for cutting to create a pretty dish. You can also turn your knife to a 45 degree angle to get a beautiful looking vegetable.
  4. To your jar add a variety of vegetables, a few slices of garlic and cover the mixture completely with your brine.
  5. Finally, add the spices listed above. You may also try adding dill, fresh thyme or any others that look appealing to you. Remember NOT TO USE ground herbs, only seeds.
  6. Let jars sit in refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours before enjoying. These vegetables will keep for several weeks.

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