How to pickle vegetables for storage
Pickling vegetables is a traditional way to store vegetables over long periods of time. It maintains the vegetables nutritional integrity, as well as its delicious flavour. It also prevents spoilage, as the acidic solution used in the pickling process destroys bacteria and fungi. Here is how to pickle vegetables for storage:
Step 1: Prepare the Brine
- Choose a wide-mouthed glass jar, and a vinegar that has at least 5-7% acidity.
- Mix together white vinegar, salts, water and other desired spices and herbs.
- Bring the mixture to a boiling temperature, and stir it regularly.
Step 2: Prepare the Vegetables
- Wash and chop the vegetables into desired shapes and sizes.
- If desired, blanch the vegetables in boiling water.
- Remove any discoloured areas of the vegetables.
Step 3: Add the Vegetables and Seal the Jar
- Add the prepared vegetables to the glass jar.
- Fill the remainder of the jar with the prepared brine.
- Place a lid on the jar and seal it tightly.
Step 4: Store the Pickled Vegetables
- Store the jar of pickled vegetables in a cool, dark area.
- Wait 2-4 weeks before consuming, for the pickling process to complete.
- Label the jar with the date, to ensure the vegetables have been stored for the correct amount of time.
Follow the above steps to pickle vegetables for storage. Enjoy!