Quick Pickling

Have an abundance of produce that you’re not sure what to do with?  One easy preserving method is quick pickling, otherwise known as refrigerator pickles.  These pickles will last up to a month in the fridge and there is no need for pressure cooking or water bathing.  The only thing you do need to worry about is making sure the jars and lids are sterile before pickling.  You can easily sterilize the jars and lids by boiling them in hot water for 10 minutes.  Make sure you only handle the outside of the jar and lid after sterilizing.  An easy way to ensure this, is to have some canning tools on hand.  You can get a good, inexpensive set here.  Helpful, but not necessary.  Also, have a clean wooden spoon on hand to stamp down the pickles.  The brine I’m posting today is more of a sweet flavor because I am making pickles for Bahn Mi Sandwiches, but as long as you have vinegar, salt and water, you can make a brine.  I adapted this particular brine from An: To Eat, Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen, which is a cookbook I highly recommend if you enjoy Vietnamese food or want to try something different.

Pickled Carrots, Radish Greens and Jalepeno for Bahn Mi Sandwiches

I had some leftover brine, so for a fun experiment I quick pickled some blueberries and zucchini as well.

I am going to use the blueberries for chicken salad and the leftover pickle juice for a salad dressing. The zucchini will be good as a side dish or appetizer.  The zucchini ended up tasting a little like bread & butter pickles!  Let me know if you have done any quick pickling in the past and what is your favorite pickle.  Happy Brining!

Quick Pickle Brine (Sweet)


1/2 Quart White Vinegar

2 Cups Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Quart Warm Water

Special Equipment:

Sterilized Canning Jars

Jar Lids and Rings

Instructions for the Brine:

Dissolve the sugar and salt in warm water, stir in vinegar. Makes about 1&1/2 quart of brine.

Instructions for Quick Pickling:

This will vary depending on what you are pickling, but for the most part, place what you want to pickle, tightly packed, in a sterilized jar, pour the brine into jar until there is about a 1/2 inch of head room.  Place lid on jar and tighten with jar ring.  Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

If you are pickling greens, for Vietnamese style, you want to marinate them in a sugar and salt mixture for about an hour before pickling.

If you are pickling carrots or radishes, for Vietnamese style, you will want to marinate them in sugar for about two hours before pickling.

Whatever you are pickling, make sure the product is cut up into easy to eat pieces before pickling.  Enjoy!








9 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post Stacia – would the bribe work equally well without the added sugar?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Stacia May says:

      Yes, the sugar is more the Vietnamese style. You can omit the sugar and add herbs like coriander, dill, garlic, peppercorns, etc for a more savory pickle 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Courtney says:

    This was realling informative, I have always wanted to know how to pickle my veggies. I LOVE bread and butter pickles also really love pickled jalapeños. Great post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Stacia May says:

      I’m glad it was helpful! And you can brine with different spices and herbs to get all sorts of flavors too!


      1. Courtney says:

        Yum, I really like Spicy Bread and Butter pickles, so thanks for the tip.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s