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Pickled Brussels sprouts

Yield: 4 x half-litre (US pint) jars

Course Pickles
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 4 x half-litre (US pint) jars
Calories 11 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 kg Brussels sprouts (12 cups / 3.3 lbs / about 6 dozen medium-sized)
  • 1 litre vinegar (5% acidity or higher. 4 cups / 32 oz)
  • 200 g onion (peeled, thinly sliced. 2 cups / 7 oz. 1 large. Measurements after prep.)
  • 150 g red peppers (sweet, such as bell or shepherd. Seeded, diced. 1 cup / 5 oz. 1 large. Measurements after prep.)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 400 g sugar (white. 2 cups / 14 oz)
Metric - US Customary

Instructions

  1. Wash Brussels sprouts. Remove stems, rough-looking outer leaves. Any that are larger than 5 cm (2 inches), cut in half (through the stem so they will stay together.) Blanch for 4 minutes, counting the time from the time from when the water comes back to the boil. Plunge into cold water; let cool them drain well.
  2. In a large pot, combine the onion, pepper, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric, red pepper flakes, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Divide the Brussels amongst the jars you are using: either quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) or half-litre (1 US pint) jars.
  4. Leave about 3 cm (1 inch) free at the top of each jar.
  5. At this step, you will know if you need extra jars.
  6. [Optional] Add a cardamom pod and 2 or 3 peppercorns to each jar.
  7. [Optional] Add an 1/8th teaspoon Pickle Crisp to each jar.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, divide the onion and pepper amongst the jars.
  9. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace
  10. Fill the jars with the brine. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
  11. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  12. Wipe rims.
  13. Put lids on.
  14. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  15. Process either size jar 10 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
  16. Best after at least a month of jar time.