How to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps for a No Waste Kitchen
Learn how to quick pickle vegetable scraps for a tasty treat and a no waste kitchen.
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What are Quick Pickle Vegetables?
A quick pickle refers to an easy way to pickle any vegetable, not just cucumbers. With the quick pickle process, you don’t have to cook everything in your brine first. Instead, you simply pack a jar with your veggies and then pour your hot brine over them.
Once you allow your jars to cool to room temperature, refrigerate them. Your quick-pickled vegetables will be ready to enjoy once chilled after about 4 hours. However, they will be even better if you wait to enjoy them the next day.
As I show you in my video and printable recipe, quick pickling is one of the best ways to create a delightfully refreshing treat made from nothing more than vegetable scraps.
Which Brine is Best to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps?
The varieties are endless when it comes to creating a brine to make your quick pickle vegetable scraps. The basic backbone of a pickling brine recipe includes the following ingredients:
Sugar is an optional ingredient if you want to make a sweetened brine, which is the brine that I use in my recipe video, but the options don’t end there.
Choosing the ingredients for your quick pickle brine depends on what tastes you enjoy. Some of my favorite pickling brines include:
- Mediterranean Brine
- Mexican Brine
- Sweetened Brine (used in my recipe video)
- Szechuan Brine
Be sure to check out my printable recipe, where I share the ingredients for how to make each of these brines.
Which Vinegar is Best to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps?
You can choose from a variety of vinegars to make a pickling brine for your quick pickle vegetable scraps:
- White Vinegar
- Wine Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
I like white vinegar the best when making a pickling brine because it lets the flavor of the vegetables shine through.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar for a Quick Pickle
Although you can purchase Apple Cider Vinegar at your grocery store, it’s easy to make a probiotic-rich version at home with the ingredients you choose. I show you how in the following recipe video.
However, keep in mind that you are making raw apple cider vinegar. You can use it to make your brine, but when you heat it, you will destroy the good probiotics that are rich in raw vinegars.
However, a clever option is to use both White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar in your recipe. First, make your brine with white vinegar, but only fill your jars 3/4 of the way full. Then, once cooled, top your jars off with the raw apple cider vinegar for a probiotic boost!
- Home Cooks Note: If you plan on home canning your quick pickles, remember that you should not use homemade vinegar to make your brine. When home canning, we need to use store-bought vinegars to be able to rely on their guaranteed level of acidity.
Which Salt is Best to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps?
Whenever you are pickling vegetables, even when making quick pickle vegetable scraps, you want to make sure that the salt you use is just salt. You do not want to use a salt that contains any anti-caking agents or other chemicals.
Some options for salts to use when making your pickling brine include:
- Canning and pickling salt
- Sea salt (only use if you are not canning)
- Himalayan salt (only use if you are not canning)
My favorite salt when making quick-pickled vegetables is canning and pickling salt because it is specifically made for pickling and helps to keep the distinct flavors of your veggies. Just make sure you are using a fine ground version of any salt you use.
- Home Cooks Note: If you plan on home canning your quick pickles, remember that you should only use salt labeled for home canning use, such as Ball Preserving and Pickling Salt or Morton Canning and Pickling Salt. You want to avoid using sea salts because their high mineral count may affect the canning process.
Which Sugar is Best to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps?
If you decide that you want to make a sweetened brine for your quick pickled vegetable scraps, it’s easy to do, and you have a variety of sweeteners to choose from. Some of my favorites include:
- White Sugar
- Sucanat (Dried Cane Juice)
- Maple Sugar or Maple Syrup
I generally don’t recommend honey since the heating process of making the brine will destroy the nutrients found in honey.
If you don’t use white sugar, your brine will be darker but just as tasty (if not tastier!) as if you used white sugar.
More Quick Pickle Videos
Now that you’ve made quick pickle vegetable scraps, be sure to try making these easy quick pickles—actual pickles—in the following recipe.
And for an easy way to pickle any vegetables, check out my no-sugar quick pickles master recipe video.
Ready to try making pickled green beans then home canning them? I’ve got you covered in the video below, where I walk you through the entire process. This recipe video is perfect for beginners who are new to both pickling and home canning.
I show you two options in my recipe video:
- Quick pickling your green beans only and storing them in your refrigerator.
- Quick pickling and canning your green beans for a longer shelf life in your pantry.
Get Started Water Bath Canning
If you would like to make actual traditional pickles, specifically bread and butter pickles, check out the video below where I show you how to make these tasty sweet pickles. Plus, I walk you through step-by-step how to water bath can them to make your pickles shelf-stable.
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Kitchen Scrap Regrowing Videos
Speaking of scraps…if you would like to learn how to regrow your kitchen scraps to create a recurring harvest, watch the following video.
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How to Quick Pickle Vegetable Scraps
- 1 quart-sized jar or 2 pint-sized jars with lids
- Non-reactive saucepan such as stainless steel or enameled
- Funnel, optional but helpful
- 2 pounds Vegetable scraps in bite-sized pieces (See video for the scraps I used.)
- 2 cups Vinegar I prefer using white vinegar, but use whatever vinegar you like. (See recipe post for choices.)
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tbsp Salt I prefer to use canning and pickling salt, but if you use another salt, choose one labeled just "salt" with no additives.
- 2 tbsp Sugar, optional for making a sweetened brine In place of sugar, you can also use sucanat (dried sugar cane juice), maple sugar, or maple syrup.
- 1 tbsp Pickling spice, optional For other optional flavor variations, see the RECIPE NOTES below.
- t tsp Red pepper flakes, optional
- Add the bite-sized vegetable scraps to a clean and warm quart-sized jar (or 2 pint-sized jars). Pack them tightly up to the rim of the jar(s).
- Add all the remaining ingredients to a non-reactive saucepan, place on a stovetop, and bring to a boil on high heat. This mixture is your pickling brine.
- Once the pickling brine comes to a boil, turn the heat off, remove the saucepan from the stovetop, and place it on a heatproof surface.
- Ladle the pickling brine over the vegetables in the jar. Make sure to fill the jar with the pickling brine up to the rim of the jar so that all the vegetable scraps are submerged under the brine.
- Allow the jar(s) to cool to room temperature. (The cooling process will take approximately 1 hour.) Once cooled, place the lid(s) on the jar(s) and refrigerate.
- Quick pickles will stay fresh and crisp in the refrigerator for approximately 2 months. After that, they may begin to lose their crisp texture.
- Mediterranean: 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 4 sliced garlic cloves, and 2 bay leaves.
- Mexican: 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (decrease vinegar to 1 1/2 cups), 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, 4 sliced garlic cloves, and 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced.
- Szechuan: 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped, 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 sliced garlic cloves, and 2 sliced green onions.
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