7 Pickling Recipes To Make Use of Your Mason Jar

7 Pickling Recipes To Make Use of Your Mason Jar

These seven pickling recipes make great use of a mason jar and your pantry space. Each recipe is great for year round use, and is sure to spice up any plain dinner.

There’s a lot you can do in mason jars these days. From cookies to salad dressings to yogurt parfaits, the opportunities are endless. Finding interesting ways to use a mason jar has become somewhat of a culinary trend, but we can’t forget one of the original uses of mason jars–pickling. 

Contrary to the name, the pickling process goes far beyond turning cucumbers into pickles. Many vegetables and even some fruits can be pickled.

Undiscovered Kitchen has a great canning guide to help with all of the below fruits and vegetables.

1. Olives

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Tales of a Kitchen has a great recipe to take raw olives to the next level. Mediterranean olives have great flavor and make for the perfect appetizer. Making your own special olive brine recipe is a sure fire way to impress any guest and yourself. 

2. Cucumbers

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Turning cucumbers into pickles might be the original way to do it, but there’s still so much you can do with pickling this vegetable.

Spice up these pickles, literally, with spicy peppers. Adding hot peppers to the brine can turn the average pickle into a delicious snack. Slice the cucumbers like chips to make the perfect spicy topping to any burger or sandwich. 

The Kitchn has a garlic dill pickle recipe that could find a home in any refrigerator.

3. Zucchini

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Zucchini has become super trendy in baking and cooking. Zucchini bread, zucchini noodles, and zucchini fries are great ways to indulge in your daily dose of vegetables.

It’s also a great vegetable for pickling because it can really soak up all of the flavor you put in the brine.

4. Beets

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Beets may be mostly associated with salads and Dwight Schrute, but this root vegetable is capable of so much more.

My Recipes has a simple and easy way to make pickled beets, with only six ingredients.

5. Peppers

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Follow in Peter Piper’s footsteps and pick a peck of pickled peppers as your next culinary adventure. Bon Appétit has a great recipe for pickled peppers, the perfect condiment to any sandwich, or a great snack.

6. Figs

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Figs are not your average fruit, so you shouldn’t just pickle them in an average way. Try Food & Wine’s recipe for pickled figs in balsamic vinegar. Pairing the sweet fig with the tangy flavor of the balsamic vinegar will certainly make a great topping on any dish.

7. Lemons

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The Daring Gourmet has a great Moroccan recipe with preserved lemons called Djej Makalli. It’s a Moroccan chicken with preserved lemon and olives, three ingredients used very often in Mediterranean cuisine.

Jessica Citronberg
Jessica is a senior at Boston University. When she’s not standing on chairs at restaurants trying to get the best angle for food photos, she’s searching Instagram for her next culinary adventure. You can follow her on Instagram @jesscitron and you can check out her website www.jessicacitronberg.com to see more of her work.


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