Making your own pickled veggies may sound like a difficult and time-consuming task. Luckily, with the right recipe and method, you can make your own tasty pickles in a jiffy. Read on to learn how!
Step 1: Pick and slice your veggies
Starting off, you need to either finely slice or even grate the veggies of your choice.
You can either go for 1 type of vegetable or mix your favourites. Below are examples of tasty combinations, but feel free to experiment yourself:
- 0.5 fennel, 1 red onion and 4-5 radishes
- 2 carrots, 1 onion, 0.5 cucumber
- 1 red capsicum, 1 yellow capsicum, 1 green capsicum
- ¼ red cabbage, ¼ white cabbage
- 2 whole cucumbers
- 3 whole red onions
Step 2: Make the pickling juice
When making the pickling juice, you don’t need to be overly precise in your measurements. Just make sure to mix approximately in the ratio suggested below, and make sure to make enough to cover the vegetables in a small pot:
- 1 part vinegar (apple cider, white wine or regular)
- 2 parts water
- 0.5 part honey (or sugar)
- Large pinch of salt
- Small handful of spices (e.g. star anise, whole peppercorns, cloves, ginger slices, mustard seeds, fennel seeds or whatever you have at hand)
Step 3: Boil
Add the pickling juice and the veggies to a small pot and bring to a boil. Once heated, turn off the heat completely, and let the pot sit for 10-15 minutes, until cooled down a bit.
Step 4: Add to jars and store
Once cooled down, you can either start eating your home-made pickled veggies, or you can store them in a jar or airtight container in your fridge for up to a few weeks – just make sure to cover the pickled veggies with the juice.
Step 5: Enjoy your pickled veggies
Pickled veggies can be eating with many things.
For example, try adding them to a home-made sandwich to add a bit of crunch.
Or what about a satisfying, green salad? Pickled veggies add a splash of colour and plenty of flavour to the otherwise subtle, raw vegetables.
Finally, try serving your pickles as a side dish for dinner — they make an excellent addition to many dishes.
Bon appetit — and have fun in your kitchen!