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Quick, Easy Pickles

Ingredients

For each recipe of the brine, choose one vegetable in the amount below:
*12 ounces cauliflower (about 1/2 medium head), cut into 1-inch florets
1 pound baby carrots (~2 bunches), green stems trimmed to 1⁄2”, peeled, halved lengthwise 1 pound medium Kirby cucumbers (about 4), quartered lengthwise
1 pound medium zucchini (about 4), quartered lengthwise, then halved crosswise
12 ounces green beans, stem ends trimmed
12 ounces okra
For the brine:
1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns 1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Splenda
1 tablespoons kosher salt 1 bay leaf

Directions
Pack your vegetable of choice tightly in a 1-quart glass jar, leaving about 1/2 inch of room at the
top. Set aside.
Make the brine: Toast the mustard seeds and peppercorns in a small saucepan over medium
heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the Splenda
and salt have dissolved. Bring to a boil.
Immediately pour the brine into the jar, making sure to cover the vegetables completely. Allow
the mixture to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Seal the jar with a tight fitting lid and
shake or rotate it to evenly distribute the brine and spices. Store in the refrigerator for at least
1 day and preferably 1 week before using. The pickles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1
month.

Makes 8 servings Serving Size: ~1/3c

Nutrition (for pickled cauliflower) Calories 25
Fat 0.5g
SaturatedFat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 734mg
Potassium 186mg
Carbohydrate 7g
Fiber 1.5g
Sugar 3.8g
Protein 1.3g

*Analyzed with assumption that majority of brine will not be consumed, leading to significantly lower sodium content than calculated.
Adapted from: Chow.com

 

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