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Old 01-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Pickled Garden Vegetables

At Frank Z's request and anyone else who's interested.

This is an old family recipe that my parents would gear up to make once a year in the Fall. It was a major undertaking as they made up to 24 gallons at a time.

Dad was a chef and brought home glass gallon bottles from work to use for the pickles. The jars were not canned, just packed full and put in a cold spot for six weeks or so. The goal was to do this around the end of September or the start of October so they would be ready for Thanksgiving.

As an adult, I dug up their recipe and started making it when my daughters were young. They devoured these pickles as my sister and I had before.

The last time I made them was about 7-8 years ago with my older daughter who really wanted some for herself.

Here is the recipe dialed down to 24 one-quart mason jars with two part lids.

1.5 Gal White vinegar
1.5 Gal Water
12 Tb Kosher Salt (.75 C)
8 Lb Baby Carrots
20 Ea Green Bell Peppers
3 Hd Cauliflower
48 White Boiling onions (ping pong ball size)
3 Oz Pickling Spice
48 Cloves Garlic

Wash and cut up the veggies to fit into the jars. Smaller pieces fill a jar better with fewer empty spaces.
Mix the vinegar and water with the salt in a large pot. Bring it to a boil and remove from the heat.
Divide the garlic cloves and spices among the jars.
Add an assortment of veggies to the jars. A little pushing and shoving is OK.
Fill the jars to the brim with the hot vinegar mix.
Screw on the two part lids.
Place the bottles in a cool to cold dark spot for 6 weeks.

Note: As the vinegar and water mixture cools, it will contract forming a vacuum seal for the jar.

Once opened, jars should be refrigerated.

Frank, I'd suggest picking up a package if dried red Chinese chile peppers form an Asian market and adding one or two to each jar to get the heat you are looking for.

Now I'm jonesing for these pickles.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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Copied, Shrek has been wanting some spicy Cauliflower pickles. I can tolerate my aversion long enough to create this for him...he doesn't know it yet, but you are his hero.
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That sure looks tasty. I have bought this sort of mixed pickles and thought they were fabulous and other brands were hideous. Unfortunately, I don't remember who made the yummy ones. I will probably cut the recipe down some more and give it a try.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:37 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, I will have to cut it down a lot. But, easy enough to do.
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Copied, Shrek has been wanting some spicy Cauliflower pickles. I can tolerate my aversion long enough to create this for him...he doesn't know it yet, but you are his hero.
You know how I feel about cauliflower. There is no cauli taste to the pickles. As a matter of fact, no matter who eats these, they always want to eat all the cauli first. This has been true from the first time my sister and I had them as children and is true for my ex, my SO my kids etc.

The texture must be the reason. All the different veggies taste the same, like pickles. Of course, you can use any mix of veggies you like. I did not include green tomatoes but they were a staple when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, they were the cheapest of the veggies so made up the lion's share of the mix.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
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You know how I feel about cauliflower. There is no cauli taste to the pickles. As a matter of fact, no matter who eats these, they always want to eat all the cauli first. This has been true from the first time my sister and I had them as children and is true for my ex, my SO my kids etc.

The texture must be the reason. All the different veggies taste the same, like pickles. Of course, you can use any mix of veggies you like. I did not include green tomatoes but they were a staple when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, they were the cheapest of the veggies so made up the lion's share of the mix.
He asked me to pick up some frozen cauliflower the other night...I broke out in hives just thinking about it...
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Thank you Andy.

I will report back on how this goes when I make it.
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One Third Recipe =

8 Quarts = 2 gallons

0.5 gal White vinegar
0.5 gal Water
4 T Kosher Salt (.25 C)
2.6 lbs Baby Carrots
6.5 Green Bell Peppers
1 head Cauliflower
16 White Boiling onions (ping pong ball size)
I ounce Pickling Spice
16 Cloves Garlic
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Thanks for breaking this down further, Fi. Perfect

This sounds really good, Andy. It's been put on my to-do list
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Thanks for breaking this down further, Fi. Perfect

This sounds really good, Andy. It's been put on my to-do list
You're Welcome!

I did it for me, easy enough to paste it here
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