I love making pickles. Taking the time to do this when I have a million other things I’m supposed to be doing was my Christmas gift to myself. Pickle making is very scientific and fun. These jars are going to family, friends and neighbors today.
Make sure to taste the vinegar sugar mixture to adjust the sweet/ spicy / salty balance before pouring it over the vegetables. I had to adjust mine twice, adding extra salt and some red pepper flakes.
Here are the steps to pickle making in a nutshell: First you sterilize the jars, then blanch the organic veggies and shock them in ice water. Pack the jars with the veggies. Add vinegar, salt, organic sugar and pickling spices including allspice berries, coriander seeds, red & black peppercorns, star anise, fennel seeds, cloves, kosher salt and black pepper the blanching water to make a healthy, vitamin rich brine. Add the brine & spices to the jars, removing any air bubbles with a chopstick. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth. Seal the jars with sterilized lids and bands. Process pickles in a covered, boiling water canning pot for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the jars. The last step is to carefully remove the hot jars from the pot with the jar lifter thingy.
Merry Christmas Everybody!