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How to Make Fermented Giardiniera

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Watch the How to Make Fermented Giardiniera – Probiotic Rich Italian Pickle Relish Video

In this Step-by-Step Tutorial, I show you How to Make a Fermented Giardiniera, a tasty Probiotic-Rich Italian Pickle Relish condiment that’s perfect for topping on sandwiches, salads, and more!

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Giardiniera is a Versatile Condiment

You’ll find Giardiniera to be a versatile condiment that’s easy to make. It’s perfect on an antipasto or appetizer platter. You can also use it where you have pickle relish.

Giardiniera has a bounty of vegetables for lots of crunch and a variety of flavors. Plus, since this version is fermented, it also provides a good dose of probiotics that are wonderful for good gut health!

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How to Make Fermented Giardiniera

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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Fermentation Time: 2 days
Total: 2 days 15 minutes
Yield: 32 servings
Fermented Giardiniera is a tasty Probiotic-Rich Italian Pickle Relish condiment that’s perfect for topping on sandwiches, salads, and more!


  • 1 head Cauliflower florets
  • 6 Carrots, peeled sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • 1 Red bell pepper sliced into 2″ long strips
  • 2-3 Jalapeño peppers sliced into rings with membrane and seeds removed
  • 1 Yellow onion, peeled sliced into 2″ long strips
  • 2 tablespoons Coarse ground Celtic sea salt if you’re using fine ground sea salt, just use 1 tablespoon
  • Chlorine-free water enough to cover vegetables


  • Mix all the ingredients together, except the salt, and pack into a 1/2 gallon-sized jar.
  • Tamp down the vegetables to make sure they are packed into the jar tightly.
  • Sprinkle salt into jar on top of the vegetables.
  • Add water to just cover the vegetables, but do not fill the jar to the top.
  • Place a weight on top of the vegetables and put a lid on the jar. (See video.) Place jar in a bowl to catch any overflow during the fermentation process.
  • Place jar in an undisturbed warm area and check vegetables each day. If using a traditional jar lid and not a “pickle pipe,” unscrew lid every day to “burp” the jar and allow the carbon dioxide to be released.
  • After two days, begin to taste the vegetables to see if they are to your liking. Remember to always use clean utensils, and do not reinsert any utensils back into the jar if they have been used in your mouth.
  • Once the ferment is to your liking, remove the weight, put a storage lid on the jar, and refrigerate. The Giardiniera will stay fresh in the refrigerator for approximately 6 months.



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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Condiments, Fermented Vegetables, Giardiniera
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  1. Nicky says:

    Hi, can’t wait to try the giardiniera recipe, can you tell me where I can get those jelly jars you are using as weights? Thanks

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Nicky, Thanks so much for commenting! Those jelly jars are made by the Ball Canning Company. They are 4 ounce jelly jars. They are sold in the canning section of most grocery stores as well as stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Have you seen my playlist all about making different fermented vegetables? You can look through it here: I think you will enjoy these videos since you are interested in making the giardiniera.

      BTW – Do you enjoy making other traditional foods?  I have a playlist of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”.  It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home.  You can watch the VIDEOS here:

      Also, I wanted to let you know that if you are also interested in making bone broth, I buy my bones from US Wellness Meats. Be sure to go to the “shopping guide” on my webpage where I have a special link and 15% off discount code for US Wellness Meats:

      And if by chance you are especially interested in learning about sourdough, be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Sourdough: I think you will enjoy some of these videos.

      Also…If you enjoy making homemade pantry type items, you might enjoy my playlist: where I show how to make Apple Cider Vinegar, 10 Flavored Extracts including Vanilla Extract, 1- Minute Homemade Mayonnaise, Homemade Bouillon – and how to dehydrate it, Natural Food Colorings, Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk, Preserved Citrus, and more!

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      Thank you again for your comment!

      Love, Mary

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