Let’s Preserve: Refrigerator Spring Pickles
By Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Asparagus, ramps, parsnips, radishes, and pea pods are some of the first spring vegetables to appear and what better way to take advantage of these harbingers of spring than to make quick refrigerator pickles!
Step 1. Prepare Vegetables
Wash and chop vegetables into the desired shape you would like for pickles. These tender spring vegetables do not require any cooking prior to pickling.
Step 2. Select Flavorings
Get creative with fresh or dry flavorings. Mix and match from the following suggested list of fresh and dried herbs and spices to add up to 2 tablespoons per jar.
|Bay leaves||Jalapeno or habanero pepper|
Step 3. Pack Vegetables
Pack prepared vegetables snugly into washed pint-sized canning jars or similar sized glass or heatproof plastic containers with lids.
Step 4. Make Brine
Make either sweet or sour brine using the following recipes:
|3 cups white vinegar (or apple cider)||3 cups white vinegar (or apple cider)|
|3 cups water||3 cups water|
|3 Tbsp. canning/pickling salt||2 Tbsp. canning/pickling salt|
|2 Tbsp. sugar||1 ½ cups sugar|
Bring brine to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 5. Fill Jars with Brine
Carefully fill the jars with brine to within 1/2 inch of the top of the rim. Place the lids on the jars and refrigerate. Allow flavor to develop for 1 – 2 days before serving. Use within 2 weeks.
Also see Bulletin #4044, Let’s Preserve Pickles.
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