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April 25, 2019 Canning, Pickles, Pickling, Preserving Recipes, Recipes

Quick and Easy Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus season is upon us and we’ve been on the hunt for a quick and easy pickling recipe.

What we love about this recipe is that you can adapt it to include more than just asparagus. Throw in that extra bunch of asparagus you won’t have time to grill, or the beans you don’t have the heart to feed your family for the fourth day in a row. The recipe below is for a small batch of vegetables, but you can multiply it for whatever the growing season throws at you.

Quick & Easy Asparagus Pickling

Yield: About 1 pint

Ingredients
Pickling Suggestions:
  • 1/2 lb asparagus sweet peas, cucumbers or other vegetables (well cleaned!)
  • 1/2 lb red onion thinly sliced
Pickling Brine:
  • 1/3 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cups water
  • The zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 small 1 inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • 1 teaspoon dill seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine and mix together the brine ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a small mesh strainer or a slatted spoon, scoop up the solids (seeds, sprigs, etc.) and divide them proportionally between the jars.
  2. Arrange your clean veggies in your pickling jars. Pour the rest of the brine over the vegetables, covering them entirely.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour … or preserve them with your water bath canner for later.


The Best Tall Jars for Asparagus

If using lengthy vegetables like asparagus, whole beans or pickle spears, we suggest a jar that is slightly taller and that doesn’t have shoulders. We picked out a few of our favorite tall jars that are perfect for pickling asparagus & string beans.

Asparagus Jars

The 32 oz Straight Sided jar (G32-01C) is (pictured on the left) uses a continuous-thread lid and is tall enough to accommodate asparagus, and wide enough to allow you preserve a family-sized portion.

The 16 oz Paragon jars are (pictured to the right) tall and narrow and often used for canning asparagus, string beans, and olives. These jars are available in both lug lid style (A16-07W or L16-07W), or a continuous-thread style (A16-07C).  If you’ve never canned with lug lids, here’s a tutorial.

We used to use the Ball wide mouth 24 oz. jar for asparagus. There’s no shoulders, so it is easy to fill, easy to empty, and can be used for freezing in addition to hot fill canning, water bath canning and pressure canning. 

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