Giardiniera or Pickled Vegetables


When I was growing up, if I was lucky enough, once in awhile we’d dine at a fine dining restaurant. They always served a relish tray when the guests were seated, it was to stimulate your taste buds and make you hungry. I miss having those relish trays but once I learned how to make pickled vegetables myself, so easy!, I keep them in the refrigerator almost year round. The vegetables change with the seasons; they can be eaten alone, with cheese and crackers or chopped finely to make a wonderful relish for all kinds of meats. Be creative!

  • 2 pounds, approximately mixed vegetables, whole or cut into pieces
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 tablespoons sugar, if desired
  • 2 tablespoon pickling spice

Makes 2 - 3 quarts

Wash and drain vegetables. Sterilize jars and lids in hot water.

Bring vinegar, water, salt, sugar and pickling spice to a boil.

Pack vegetable medley into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Pour hot solution over mix in jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Add liquid to bring headspace to 1/4 inch. Wipe jar rims.

Refrigerate and let stand 2 days before serving. Will last several weeks refrigerated.

For longer storage, process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.*

*Follow jar manufacturers directions for filling and processing jars.

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