Ball® Mediterranean Refrigerator Pickles

recipe for mediterranean refrigerator pickles from the Ball Canning cookbook

Ball® Mediterranean Refrigerator Pickles

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

-  

Classic Mediterranean flavors from oregano, basil and citrus combine to create this simple Mediterranean Refrigerator Pickle recipe.

Because they’re refrigerated and not preserved for the pantry, you can get a little more creative with the vegetables and seasonings.

To see additional canning and preserving recipes from the Ball® Canning Back to Basics cookbook, click here!

Excerpted from Ball® Canning Back to Basics. Copyright © 2017 Hearthmark, LLC. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

Change It Up! This recipe works with any combination of the following vegetables: asparagus, button mushrooms, green beans, cauliflower, eggplant, onions, radishes, bell peppers, chile peppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, or zucchini.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds desired vegetables
  • 2 cups white vinegar or red wine vinegar (5% acidity), or balsamic vinegar, or a combination
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Ball® Salt for Pickling & Preserving
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or basil
  • 2 teaspoons citrus zest
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 small bay leaves

Preparation

  • 1 Wash, trim, and peel vegetables; leave whole (depending on size), halve, quarter, slice, or chop.
  • 2 Bring the vinegar and next 8 ingredients to a boil in a small stainless-steel or enameled saucepan; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt.
  • 3 Tightly pack the vegetables into 1 hot (1-quart) or 2 hot (1-pint) jars. Pour the hot brine over the vegetables to cover. Cover jar with lid; let stand 1 hour or until cooled to room temperature. Store in refrigerator for 3 weeks for the best flavor; consume within 3 months. (The longer the pickles stand in the refrigerator, the more flavorful they will become.)

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