Taste Tested: Quick Pickled Anything

The easiest way to preserve summer’s flavors? Quick pickle them.

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Ask us what you should do with any summer vegetable (or fruit), and the answer will almost always be: “Pickle it.” Save maybe lettuce and other tender greens, there isn’t a vegetable out there that doesn’t benefit from a quick pickling.

Patti pan squash? Pickle it. Heirloom carrots? Pickle them. Peaches? Pickle those too. It’s hard to beat the sharp, crisp bite of a good quick pickle. It’s a fast and easy process that leaves you tasting of summer for months to come.

The difference between a quick pickle and a canned pickle is that the quick pickle process is basically the same as marinating. Finished products should always be refrigerated. Canned pickles, on the other hand, use a stronger brine and a water-bath canning process to extend their shelf life. They can be kept at room temperature for months.

Our favorite quick pickle combos?

  • ONTARIO RED ONIONS + PRISTINE GOURMET BLUEBERRY VINEGAR
  • ONTARIO SUMMER SQUASH + APPLE CIDER VINEGAR + MUSTARD SEED
  • FIELD CUCUMBERS + WHOLE ONTARIO GARLIC CLOVES + DILL
  • ONTARIO PEACHES + FRESH THYME
  • ONTARIO CARROTS + FRESH GINGER + BLACK PEPPER

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Quick Pickle Brine
Yields 4
This basic pickle brine is so simple, it can be used with virtually any vegetable. For more flavor punch, swap in different vinegars, sugars or add additional spices.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Ontario apple cider vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup Ontario maple syrup
  3. 2 tbsp kosher salt
  4. 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  5. 1 tbsp mustard seeds
Instructions
  1. Bring vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium pot over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Place vegetables into a heatproof container (with available lid!) or mason jar. Pour hot brining liquid over vegetables. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.
Notes
  1. Pickles can be chilled in a resealable container for up to 3 weeks.
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