Pickled vegetables are easy to make using cauliflower, peppers, fennel, onions, garlic and carrots. Put any veggies in a simple vinegar and oil brine. This post contains affiliate links.
How many times has this happened to you? You buy vegetables for a recipe and don’t end up using all of it? For me, there is always a couple cauliflower florets left over after making my Cauliflower soup or Red Lentil Soup.
Last week for thanksgiving, I made glazed baby carrots and didn’t end up using all of the carrots. I find it incredibly funny that I had 4 baby carrots leftover.
All of these veggies add up and I would just end up putting them into curry recipes or make side dishes out of them. This time, I wanted to do something different!
This time, I decided to make quick pickles out of these leftover veggies. Boy, am I glad I did that! Not only was the pickling process so much fun, the veggies turned out to be sooooo delicious.
I figured that pickling the veggies would be a delicious way to use them and they would come in handy for other recipes. I see myself putting them on sandwiches, burgers, pasta and even as pizza toppings.
Throw them into your version of pickled vegetables.
And if you are a cauliflower lover like me, you are going to love this cauliflower rice biryani recipe that I just made. Its aromatic and delicious for any time of the year.
The pickling process has proven to be a lot of fun. I want to try more home made pickling. I am definitely trying tomatoes next.
This relish recipe by Debra Clark is also a great way to preserve tomatoes. I have a whole bunch of tomatoes that need to be preserved before the cold weather begins.
Now that you know how to pickle any vegetable, you will never waste another veggie again! This pickling process will work for any veggie and its a great way to preserve your summer harvest for use in the fall or winter.
If you have tomatoes leftover, do what my friend Debra does. She makes a mean tomato relish out of them and it is sooooo good!
Tell me about your ideas. How do you preserve leftover veggies like tomatoes, cauliflower and carrots?
Pickled Vegetables Using Leftover Veggies
For the Liquid
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
- 1 Tbsp whole peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
- 3 sprigs dill
For the Veggies
- 5 cauliflower florets cut into smaller pieces
- 1/2 green bell pepper cut into long strips
- 3 baby carrots cut into long strips
- 4 pearl onions cut into halves
- 1/2 fennel bulb cut into long strips
- 4 cloves garlic cut into halves
- 3 ginger cut into thin rounds
- In a non-reactive pan, add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
- Add 1 cup of water
- Add 1 Tbsp of sea salt
- Add 1 cup of sugar
- Bring it to a boil on medium heat and then turn off the heat.
- Add yellow mustard seeds, peppercorns, red pepper flakes and dill
- Set it aside to cool to room temperature
- Place the remaining veggies in a 1 quart (32oz) wide mouth mason jar
- When the liquid has cooled, slowly pour it over the veggies in the mason jar.
- Top the jar with about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
- Seal it and shake it well. Set it aside for about 24 hours
- Refrigerate it and it will last for about 6 months in the fridge.