How to Pickle Fresh Vegetables

Rows of Fresh Canned Vegetables

Pickling offers an easy way to preserve any veggies that are near the end of their fresh life. Whip up your own healthy, tasty snack with these pickling steps and some essential dos and don’ts.

Easy Steps to Pickling Veggies

While it takes a bit of time to pickle veggies, it’s not hard. Follow these easy steps:

  • Step #1 – Dice or slice up veggies into ½-inch thick pieces.
  • Step #2 – Place your pickling liquid or your marinade of choice on the stove and start boiling it.
  • Step #3 – Add your diced/sliced veggies to your boiling pickling liquid. Cook for three minutes, using a wooden spoon to keep pushing them back down into the pan.
  • Step #4 – Remove the mixture from the heat, adding to a large glass bowl. Use a skimmer spoon or slotted spoon to transfer veggies into jars that have been previously sterilized. Cover the veggies with liquid.
  • Step #5 – Tighten the jar lids and allow the veggies to cool. Add labels to jars so you know what’s in them.
  • Step #6 – Keep pickled veggies store in a dark, cool place. You’ll need to wait two weeks before you eat them and they should last 2-3 months.

Dos and Don’ts to Remember

For the best results, keep these dos and don’ts in mind when pickling your fresh veggies.

  • DO have a funnel to make transferring liquid easier.
  • DON’T take any shortcuts. Every step is essential, including the sterilization process and the length of time veggies are boiled.
  • DO enjoy being creative. You can play around with different spices, herbs, and flavor combinations for something unique.
  • DON’T forget to try to keep veggies about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • DO check out USDA guidelines for information on how to sterilize your fresh veggies.

With a little work, some vinegar, and the right spices, you can turn those veggies into zesty ingredients or delicious stand-alone snacks to enjoy later. Make your own pickling marinade or purchase pre-packaged options to make it simple.


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