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Basic Pickling Brine

March 24, 2015
Author Notes

A simple pickling brine for carrots, cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, peppers. Anything that gets pickled! This extra simple brine takes advantage of the complex sweetness of red wine vinegar to gently stand out from plain apple cider blends. That simplicity makes it quite versatile,too. Just add your aromatics. This brine is suitable for quick-pickling in your refrigerator, or for canning processes. The Alum keeps the vegetables crisp and crunchy over the long term. —Michael

  • Makes 48 oz
  • 12 ounces Organic apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ounces Red wine vinegar
  • 15 Peppercorns
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 8 tablespoons Pickling salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Alum
In This Recipe
  1. Combine all ingredients except Alum into a heavy bottomed stock pot.
  2. Allow to cool slightly, stir in Alum
  3. Use while still very hot.
  4. Reduce for ten minutes at a rolling boil.

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