Spicy Pickled Winter Vegetables
Simple to make and tasty. Remember you control the heat!
Ingredients for the brine:
- 10 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 cups white oregano balsamic
- 6 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 Bay leaf, torn
For the vegetables:
- 6 young spring carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 2 thickly sliced shallots
- 6-8 whole dried red chilies (depending on how hot you like it)
In a medium saucepan bring 4 cups water to a boil reduce the heat so the water simmers and add the garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from the heat.
In clean 1-quart jars with screw top lids. Divide the seeds and peppercorns between the jars. Place 5 cloves in each jar and then pack the jars full of carrots, cauliflower and chilies. Bring the brine back to a boil, pour it over the vegetables to cover completely, let cool, then cover and refrigerate. The pickles will taste good in just a few hours, better after a couple of days. And they'll keep for about 2 months under refrigeration.
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