As a kid, even now, I was a huge fan of these jars of pickled vegetables – giardiniera. So I decided to recreate it! Really all you need are some veggies, spices, water and salt. I think my favorite was the hot peppers! I could down one of these jars in no time! Just looking at the picture makes me hungry!
1 head cauliflower
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 large zucchini, sliced, then cut in quarters
6 cloves garlic
2 serrano peppers, halved
2-4 large radishes, diced
1 tsp dill seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tbsp salt
2 sprigs fresh dill
Clean 2 quart mason jars well.
In the bottom of each jar, place a sprig of dill, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 serrano pepper cut in half, and the dill seeds, mustard seeds, and peppercorns.
Layer in the vegetables in any order you prefer. Add 1/2 tbsp coarse salt on top of each jar.
Fill each jar with filtered water. Place something on top of the veggies to keep them submerged under the vegetables. I used a kale leaf from my garden
Cover with wax paper, and a rubber band or something to keep it covered.
Let sit for 1-2 weeks, then taste to see if they are pickled enough for you. Can’t wait to taste these!
Not only is this a fun way to eat vegetables, it will include all the good bacteria from the fermented vegetables. Yum!
Notes: you can add in any vegetables you want. If you don’t want it spicy, leave out the pepper, or leave it whole instead of cutting it in half. You can add in anything you want, and make it your own! Enjoy!