Pickled Chard Stems

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Author Notes: All it takes to transform fibrous chard stems into creative table pickles is a quick blanch followed by a bath in a basic, easy to make brine. Angela Brown

Makes about 1 jar of pickles

  • 2 large bunches of chard, leaves removed
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  1. Thoroughly rinse the chard stems. Trim their ends and remove any remaining leaves with a sharp knife. In a large saucepan, blanch the stems for one minute. Immediately drain the stems and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. In the meantime, tightly pack the chard stems into a glass jar and set aside. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the brine to cool slightly, about one to two minutes. Pour the brine into the jar, being sure to cover the chard stems completely. Allow to cool to room temperature. Seal the jar with a tight fitting lid. When kept covered and chilled, the pickles will keep well for 1-2 weeks.
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7 months ago Jane Oh Kim

I blanched for 2 min instead of 1 min, but the stems were still undercooked & fibrous :/


11 months ago Angela Brown

That sounds wonderful! I've never pickled eggplant before - I bet that is incredible. Pickled cauliflower is a household favorite (I actually use the same brine I use for the chard stems to pickle cauliflower).


11 months ago cucina di mammina

I sure will Angela! I am the child of Italian immigrants who grew their own vegetables and pickled many of them to have over the cold NY winters. One of my all time favorites is pickled eggplant and also picked vegetable mix of cauliflower, carrot, celery and more a garden mix that is just delicious (we make both traditional and spicy versions)


11 months ago Angela Brown

Thanks for your comment. I love anything pickled as well--it's such a great way to make use of otherwise discarded veggies. I hope you'll enjoy this recipe and would love to know what you think if you test it out! :)


12 months ago cucina di mammina

I love this... i will eat anything that is pickled and this gives me a great use for discarded stems as I cook with both white and red swiss chard often. Grazie tante for this wonderful new recipe.