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March 8, 2014 Canning, Pickles, Pickling, Recipes

White Wine Pickled Brussels Sprouts

The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking has a great recipe for White Wine Pickled Brussels Sprouts. These are a great addition to spring snack plates and are always a hit at food swaps and potluck gatherings.

1. Bring 4 pint jars to a boil for 10 minutes in your canner pot (or tall stockpot with a rack). This might take 30 min or more, depending on the size of your pot.

2. Wash and set aside 2lbs of Brussels sprouts, cut larger ones in half.

3. Pull out your jars and add the following amounts of spices to each jar:PickledBrusselSprouts
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp whole coriander
1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
1 small (or 1/2 large) dried hot or smoky pepper (I used Goya brand ‘Chile Pulla’ dried peppers)

4. Combine the following in a medium non-reactive saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve the salt granules:
2-1/2 cups filtered water
2-1/2 cups white wine vinegar
2 Tbs pickling salt (or fine-grain white sea salt, NOT iodized table salt)

Keep an eye on the brine and remove it from heat once it boils.

5. Place 4 new lids (that fit your jars) in a small saucepan with enough water to cover them completely. Simmer the lids to warm up the gummy seal stuff. Remove from heat and set aside.

6. Pack raw brussels sprouts into jars pressing them in firmly, leaving about an inch of space from the rim of the jar.

7. Pour hot brine over the contents of the jar. It will be hard to bubble them since you packed the sprouts in so tightly, but you can remove excess air bubbles trapped down inside the jar by using a small rubber spatula or plastic Chinese soup spoon and pressing firmly down on the veggies at the top of the jar. You’ll see little air bubbles come up. Top any of the jars off with extra brine once they’re bubbled so you have 1/2-inch headspace (space between the rim of jar and brine).

8. Wipe rims to remove excess vinegar/salt brine and seal with two piece lids. Process in your canner pot for 10 minutes.

Try to wait at least 2 weeks to break into these pickles to allow for the spices to infuse and mature. If you want to omit the waterbath, you can fridge pickle this same quantity in 2 quart jars (2 pints in a quart). For a pickle that’s ready faster (and is possibly a bit cloudier), crush your spices before adding them to the jars.

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