Quick Pickle Brine
- 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 cup White Granulated Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
- 1 tablespoon Black Peppercorns
- 2 Whole Garlic Cloves
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 bunch Fresh Dill
- 1 1/2 pounds of Cucumbers, cut into rounds
– Combine all ingredients, except the cucumbers, in a sauce pan and bring to a boil
– Reduce the brine to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes
– Pack a clean mason jar with the cucumber rounds
– Pour the hot brine over the cucumbers and cover the jar with its lid
– Let the stand on the counter until the jars are room temperature
– Place in the refrigerator overnight
You’ve had it with ordinary pickles from a jar, and you don’t want to wait weeks to make some the old-fashioned way? Good thing you have this quick pickling brine recipe!
It’s the perfect way to make fresh pickles in a flash. All you need to do is cut up some cucumbers from the grocery store, farmer’s market or garden. Let them bathe overnight in this salty-sweet brine and presto! You’ve got pickles to spare.
Quick Pickle Brine Recipe: Not Just for Pickles Anymore
Cukes and pickling brine go hand in hand. But they’re hardly the only food that can get a tasty touch-up from our quick brine recipe.
Experiment with other veggies hearty enough to soak in a brine. Cauliflower bits, carrot slices and small broccoli florets pickle brilliantly. Cherry tomatoes can turn out yummy, too. You might even want to try super-thin slices of lemon as a special pickled garnish.
Go crazy or go traditional. That’s the beauty of having a versatile quick pickling brine recipe on hand for all occasions.
Add Your Own Touches to Our Super Simple Pickle Brine
As a pitmaster, you’re used to putting your own spin on classic recipes. Feel free to mix it up when you whip up your next batch of quick pickle brine, too.
Some brine add-in and substitution ideas include:
- Use rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar for a slightly snappier flavor.
- Infuse your pickle brine with vodka or tequila for a truly different kick.
- Experiment with different herbs and spices like thyme or chives.
- Switch up the sweetener and use honey, agave nectar or brown sugar instead of white granulated sugar.
- Replace the garlic with fresh spring onions.
Finding a Home for Your Quickly Brined Pickles
You’ve made the fastest pickles on the block. They’re out of this world. Now, you just need a place for them to live — at least until they’re devoured by your hungry family and friends.
What are some good places to use your brand new pickles? Try them as a vegan garnish to any handheld or salad. Toss them onto a “nibbler” plate with cheese cubes and cold-smoked salmon — which you can make on your smoker grill, by the way. Or chop them finely and mix them with a little mayo for homemade tartar sauce.
No matter how you slice, dice and showcase your pickles, make sure you have fun with this winner of a recipe!