Remembering my childhood, many hours were spent watching those I love in the kitchen canning. Than a winter full of eating the bountey they had harvested. This is a recipie i remember our neighbors making every year. Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and onions pickled to eat from the jar! Can't tell you how many times us kids got in trouble for getting a jar out of the pantry without asking. ;)
Pickling veggies is easy. Here is a recipie strait from the test kitchen:
Choose fresh heads of broccoli and cauliflower. You will be able to tell freshness by checking for tight florets that cling to the stalk. Do not choose broccoli or cauliflower that has limp stems or brown spots.
Wash the vegetables, and chop the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets. You can chop and pickle the stems or discard them, depending on your preference. Peel the onion, slice it in half, then cut each half into thin half moons and set aside.
Things You'll Need (13)
1 head broccoli
1 head cauliflower
1 small yellow onion
8 cups water
6 cups white vinegar
6 tbsp. kosher salt /or/ canning salt
5 1-qt. mason jars with lids
10 tsp. pickling spices
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. dried thyme
Add the water, vinegar and kosher salt to a saucepan and cook until just boiling, then turn off the heat.
Sanitize your mason jars by submerging them in a large pot of boiling water for at least 30 seconds. Remove them from the boiling water using a pair of tongs and set them aside to dry.
Measure out the pickling spices, dried thyme and red pepper flakes into a small bowl, stirring to combine. Divide the spice blend evenly into the jars. Divide the onion slices evenly among the jars, and place them on top of the spice blend. Tightly pack the broccoli and cauliflower florets into the jars.
Pour the pickling liquid into the jars, filling them to the very top. Clean the rims of the jars with a clean towel. Cap the jars tightly and fully submerge the jars in a pot of simmering water for 10 minutes. Remove the jars from the pot with tongs and set out on the counter to cool before storing in a pantry or cupboard.
Allow the pickles to brine for two to three weeks before consuming. Store your pickles in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Once you open a jar, store in the refrigerator.