Don't Let Fall Vegetables Go to Waste
Eating fresh vegetables is almost always better than eating canned ones. However, you sometimes cannot keep them long. Therefore, you have to find a way to preserve them that still provides you with a healthy dose of nutrients. Pickling is one way to serve your produce.
Benefits of Pickling
It will offer you a tasty alternative to your original fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, it allows you to keep them for up to three months instead of just a few days or a few weeks. When using the pickling guidelines recommended by the USDA, you can have pickled fall vegetables to eat within two weeks.
Gather your marinating ingredients or your pre-packaged pickling kit plus these items:
- 2-quart saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Glass bowl
- Ladle or skimmer
- Sterilized jars with two-piece lids
Step By Step Pickling Instructions
- Pour your pickling marinade liquid into a 2-quart saucepan.
- Let the liquid boil while you cut up fresh vegetables into bite-sized strips or pieces.
- Let your vegetables boil in the liquid for three minutes as you push them down with a wooden spoon.
- Remove the hot vegetables from the heat and place them into a glass bowl.
- Use the ladle or skimmer to scoop vegetables into the sterilized glass jars.
- Tighten the lids of your filled jars and let them cool, and label them if you want.
- Store your filled veggie jars in a cool, dark place such as a basement or cellar.
You are advised to view this USDA pickling guide for more in-depth information on how to preserve vegetables. It also gives you advice about alternative methods that do not require adding sugar or techniques that require a reduced amount of salt.
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