Pickled Veg: Regular or Hot & Spicy

Hello once again!  Today I am sharing a recipe with you that you will surely all need this holiday season.  I know for sure that most American households have veggies spoil and go to waste from an overstocked holiday fridge. Don’t let this happen to you!  Save your veggies from extinction with a fast and easy pickling recipe that is sure to please.


Servings: Multiple, liquid fills approx 2 1/2 gallon jars packed with veggies!


  • All the veggies! Carrots, cucumber, cabbage, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, onions & peppers (of all sorts). Have these lovely items sliced up prior to pickling liquid creation.
  • ***secret here to spicy or regular is my addition of 2 small Serrano peppers to the mix.  Will elaborate more at the bottom
  • 6 cloves whole garlic
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp peppercorns mixed, or pickling spices (at grocery store in spices)
  •  fresh dill


  1. Wash and slice all veggies, and stuff the jars you would like to add liquid TO THE BRIM.  Really pack everything in there with a little force to make sure you get all the veggies in nice and cozy.  Place fresh dill randomly within the jar.  **IF** you would like spice to the pickling, add in Serrano pepper sliced in half with seeds throughout.  **IF NOT** just use veggies as tight as you can pack them in. Batch below is: green cabbage, beets, dill and 2 small Serrano peppers.IMG_6195
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  3. Grab a sauce pan, boil 4 cups water.  Once boiling, add fresh whole peeled garlic and let simmer to bring out the natural oils/flavors.  This should go on for approx 5 minutes.  Add vinegar, sugar and salt, bring to a boil and stir until all salt particles dissolve.  Remove from heat.IMG_6177
  4. Pour liquid over the veggies and let cool on the counter UNTIL ROOM TEMPERATURE IS REACHED. Then place on lid, and put in refrigerator.  Pickling process is reached in 24-48 hours.  Will stay in fridge for 10-14 days.IMG_6223IMG_6206
  5. ENJOY!  I find these jars as ESPECIALLY tasty after a run to the farmers market, or a delivery that was hard to get through from CSA CO-OP’s.  Make your veggies last instead of perishing in the fridge.

Happy cooking, and of course eating! 😀 Until next time!



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