If you think fermentation is kind of intimidating and you have never pickled anything before, this raw pickling method will make you feel proud. It's so simple and straightforward that there is nothing to fear about it -- nothing can go wrong. Just cut your vegetables into sticks and cram them inside a jar, add some brine made from equal parts of white vinegar and sugar, and then just throw in some spices like mustard grains and whole black peppercorns.
Pickling can be a delicious choice for so many vegetables and this 10-minute project will help you to bottle up your favorite veggies to enjoy them through the following months. Experiment with whatever you have on hand -- we have chosen carrots, red bell peppers and zucchini -- but you could also try pickling cucumbers, beets, parsnips, cauliflower, squash, onions and even beans. Healthy, vegan, gluten and salt-free, enjoy them as an appetizer, inside a sandwich or as a vinegary, sweet with heat crunchy treat.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 1 large or a bunch of small carrots
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 zucchini
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of white distilled vinegar (apple vinegar is also fine)
- 2 tbsp of mustard grains
- 2 tbsp of black pepper corns
- 2 or 3 glass jars
2. Cut the vegetables
Cut the carrots (don’t peel them if they are organic), red bell pepper and zucchini into sticks. They shouldn’t be longer than the height of the jar.
3. Pack them inside the jars
Place the vegetable sticks standing and stuffed inside the jars. You can separate them by type or mingle them.
4. Prep the brine
In a medium saucepan, combine a cup of sugar and a cup of vinegar over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the liquid starts getting thicker.
5. Add the spices
Turn the heat off and add the mustard grains and black peppercorns into the pan. Let it sit and cool down for about 10 minutes.
6. Pour in
Pour the brine over the vegetables until nearly the top of the jar. Let it cool completely, seal the jars and shake them gently to disperse spices. Keep refrigerated for weeks.