Pickled vegetables made with spices and brine can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks, are easy to create, and make a great healthy snack. This recipe requires no sugar so you can feel even better about eating them.
As you may know, I'm more of an ornamental than an edible gardener. I do grow a lot of herbs and have dried many flowers, for use in the kitchen or home decor.
However, with all farmers' markets around and the great options available at the grocery store, decided to try my hand at refrigerator pickled vegetables.
Why Refrigerator Pickled Vegetables
This type of pickled veggie is super simple to do. All you need are some spices and herbs, and a simple brine. They do need to be kept in the refrigerator but they will keep for several weeks.
I promise you will want to eat them up long before their expiration time.
Both my sister and brother were into this practice last year so I thought I'd give it a try. One of the main differences is that I didn't add sugar. You know what? They don't need it. They taste just as delicious without any added sugar.
Vegetables to Use
You can use a variety of vegetables for this recipe. I like a good bit of crunch so I chose those that were on the harder side in texture.
- Green Beans
- Red Onions
- Jalapeno peppers (for extra heat)
The fresh herbs and spices can also vary. Sprigs of fresh dill are popular but you could use other herbs such as rosemary, basil, or parsley.
Hearty seeds work well too, such as coriander. Did you know that coriander is the seeds from a cilantro plant?
Herbs and Spices To Use
- fresh garlic cloves
- sliced onion
- sliced fresh ginger
- bay leaves
- dill sprigs
- basil leaves
- peppercorns of all color
- red pepper flakes for heat
- celery seed
- fennel seed
- mustard seed
This recipe has red pepper flakes making for some spicy pickled vegetables but you can easily leave them out.
Place them on a pretty platter for a wonderful, colorful appetizer for your guests to enjoy.
Wouldn't this make a great gift? I brought them to the beach for our family vacation and as a hostess gift while visiting with friends. They were a big hit!
- 8 garlic cloves
- 4 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 4 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 4 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 8 sprigs fresh dill
- 4 cups water
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- vegetables carrots green beans, cauliflower, radishes, cucumbers
- Clean and trim your vegetables. Cut up in slices or small chunks so that they are easy to pack into the mason jars.
- Clean your mason jars in the dishwasher. Then, at the bottom of each jar sprinkle a little of the spices, a bay leaf, and a couple of garlic cloves.
- Pack the vegetables into the jars along with a couple of sprigs of dill.
- Bring the water, vinegar, and salt to a boil to create the brine in a saucepan. Once the salt is dissolved let cool slightly and then pour over the vegetables, making sure to cover them but leaving a little bit of space at the top of the jar.
- Once the jars have cooled down a bit. Cover with the lid and place in the refrigerator. They will be ready to eat the next day and taste even better after a few days. They should keep for up to 2 months refrigerated.