Perfect Pickling Brine

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Perfect Pickling Brine
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 clove garlic (omit for fruit pickles)
  • Pickling items (see Our Favorite Pickles following)
Instructions
  1. In a small enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven, bring vinegar, ¼ cup water, salt, juniper berries, mustard seeds, and garlic (if using) to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat.
  2. Place pickling items in a pint-size canning jar. Pour hot pickling liquid into jar. Seal lid, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerator for up to 3 months.

 

Our Favorite Pickles

Pickled Blueberries: 1½ cups blueberries and 2 sprigs fresh rosemary. Brine for at least 3 hours.

Pickled Cucumbers: 1½ cups (½-inch-thick) sliced cucumber and 2 sprigs fresh dill. Brine for at least 48 hours.

Pickled Eggs : 5 to 6 hard-cooked eggs and 2 sprigs fresh dill. Brine for at least 8 hours.

Pickled Okra: 1½ cups whole small okra and 2 sprigs fresh dill or tarragon. Brine for at least 48 hours.

Pickled Red Onion: 1½ cups sliced red onion and 2 sprigs fresh dill or thyme. Brine for at least 24 hours.

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