Let’s Get Pickled: Pickling Basics and 108 Recipes


As a noun, pickle refers to a small cucumber preserved in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. As a verb, however, it means to preserve perishables in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. Lucky for us… that means we can pickle just about anything we want to. That is great news if you are a pickle addict like me!

I’m getting ready to get a new case of fresh ball jars so that I may take advantage of all the bounteous produce the East Bay has to offer this time of year. In preparation, I started making  a list of things I wanted to pickle this year. By the time I had finished, I had a list of over 100 unique pickling recipes from apricots to peppers to watermelon.

The great thing about pickling is that it can preserve perishable foods for months. Forget about throwing out produce that goes bad before you can use it. If you have an abundance of fruits, vegetables, or even eggs or certain types of meats and cheeses… try pickling the extra to use later on in the year.

Directly below is a very quick and painless 4-step guide to the home pickling process and a list of spices that may be used during the pickling process. Not all of the spices need to be used. Trying mixing combinations and adding your own secret ingredients to your personal pickling process. I like to make a variety of flavors. Also, play with your vinegar… trying using balsamic.

The Home Pickling Process

  • Boil jars and lids to sterilize
  • Add fruits/veggies to jar(s)
  • Add brine or vinegar solution, plus spices
  • Allow to ferment
Spices for Pickling

  • Allspice
  • Bay leaves
  • Celery seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dill seeds
  • Dried hot peppers
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Peppercorns
  • Pickling Salt
  • Star anise
Pickled Beets


2 c. sugar
2 c. water
2 c. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt per cup


In saucepan, cook beets in water until tender. Drain. Pour cold water over beets and skin them by rubbing between your hands. Cut off ends. Slice beets. Dissolve sugar and salt into the 2 cups water and vinegar. Pour syrup onto beets. These keep in the refrigerator for months.

I am hoping you will be as amazed as I am about all the wonderful things that can be pickled. I am dying to try some of these recipes and explore the very wide realm of pickling. The idea of balsamic pickled cherries, or pickled sugar snap peas has me very anxious to start pickling immediately.

Refrigerator Pickles


3 qt. cucumbers, sliced thin
1 lg. onion, sliced thin
1 lg. green pepper, sliced
3 c. sugar
1/4 c. salt
2 c. white vinegar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed


Mix and store in large bowl in refrigerator. They will stay crisp.

108 Pickling Recipes

Balsamic Pickled Cherries
Balsamic Pickled Eggs
Balsamic Pickled Onions
Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Broccoli Pickles
Citrus Pickled Onions
Dill Pickles
Dilly Beans (green beans)
Easy Pickled Onions
Fiery Pickled Green Beans
French Pickled Garlic
Garlic Pickled Eggs
Greek Pickled Peppers
Hot N Spicy Pickled Corn
Hot Pickled Vegetables
Italian Pickled Banana Peppers
Italian Pickled Mushrooms
Japanese Pickled Cucumber
Kale Pickles
Korean Pickled Cucumber
Korean Pickled Garlic
Lemony Pickled Cauliflower
Mexican Pickled Onions
Pickled Apricots
Pickled Artichokes
Pickled Asparagus
Pickled Balsamic Eggplant
Pickled Blueberries
Pickled Brussels Sprout Halves
Pickled Butternut Squash
Pickled Cantaloupe
Pickled Cauliflower and Carrots
Pickled Celery
Pickled Celery and Chilli Salad
Pickled Chanterelle Mushrooms
Pickled Chard Stems
Pickled Cheese (feta)
Pickled Cherries
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
Pickled Chinese Long Beans
Pickled Collard Greens with Pineapple
Pickled Corn
Pickled Crimini Mushrooms
Pickled Cucumbers and Jalapenos
Pickled Eggplant
Pickled Eggplant II
Pickled Eggs
Pickled Eggs II
Pickled Fuyu Persimmons
Pickled Garlicky Red Pepper
Pickled Greens
Pickled Green Tomatoes
Pickled Hot Pepper Rings
Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
Pickled Mushrooms with Garlic and Herbs
Pickled Nectarines
Pickled Onions
Pickled Peppers
Pickled Pineapple
Pickled Pork
Pickled Potatoes (Alu Acchar)
Pickled Pumpkin
Pickled Pumpkin II
Pickled Pumpkin Rind
Pickled Sausage
Pickled Sausage II
Pickled Spinach
Pickled Sugar Snap Peas
Pickled Sweet Cherries
Pickled Tomatoes
Pickled Tomatoes II
Pickled Turnips
Pickled White Beans
Quick Pickled Apples
Quick Pickled Cabbage
Quick Pickled Carrots
Quick Pickled Cherry Peppers
Quick Pickled Onions
Quick Pickled Tomatillos
Refrigerator Pickled Hot Peppers
Russian Pickled Mushrooms
Russian Pickled Tomatoes
Russian Pickled Watermelon
Seedy Garlic Cauliflower Pickles
Southern-Style Pickled Shrimp
Spiced Pickled Oranges
Spiced Pickled Pears
Spicy Ginger Mustard Pickles
Spicy Pickled Apricots
Spicy Pickled Asparagus
Spicy Pickled Beets
Spicy Pickled Cauliflower
Spicy Pickled Eggs
Spicy Pickled Garlic
Spicy Pickled Grape Tomatoes
Spicy Pickled Okra
Spicy Pickled Peas
Spicy Zucchini Pickles
Sweet Pickled Grapefruit
Sweet Pickled Green Beans
Sweet Pickled Peppers
Sweet Potato Pickles
Tangy Cucumber Pickles (Ah-jaht)
Tangy Pickled Mushrooms
Thai Style Spicy Pickled Cucumber Relish
Zesty Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Zucchini Pickles

If you have any great pickling recipes you’d like to share… or you have any questions or comments regarding this post… please feel free to post a reply or contact me via my contact page. Happy Pickling!

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