Pickles are easy for new or beginning canners because they can up quickly and are fun to share as gifts. They are also a nice, savory departure from the canning standby of sweet jams. Read on for 3 Easy Pickle Canning Recipes for Beginners!
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3 Easy Pickle Canning Recipes for Beginners
Pickled pearl onions are an ideal recipe for steam canning, so I’ll include instructions for both steam canners and water bath canners. They are delicious on poached eggs, in salads, as part of an hors-d’oeuvres plate, and in a cocktail like a Bloody Mary. They are my favorite on poached eggs on toast with cheese, avocado, tomato, bacon…try it. You won’t be sorry.
Steam canning is a really easy, lightning fast way to can all your favorite canning recipes. Read more about it in this post, or download the free Steam Canning Fact Sheet & Equipment Checklist here!
Carrot pickles are one of my favorite pickles because they aren’t cucumbers 🙂 I actually don’t care for cucumbers much, to be honest, which I know is really silly but they just don’t light my fire. Canning them isn’t as easy as you might think; cucumbers for pickles should be small, very firm, and very different than what you’d want sliced up in a salad. Because of their mild flavor, you have to choose vinegar that really is tasty because it’s taste is what shines or screams. You have to use caution against boiling them too hard or too long for fear of making them mushy, and God knows no one wants a mushy pickle. This isn’t meant to discourage you but rather to educate and to offer an alternative if cucumbers aren’t your jam anyway.
The purpose of this blog is not to merely document what happens in my little kitchen and sewing area, though that does happen a lot I admit, but to help you all learn how to make more by hand, cook more from scratch, do more for yourself, and improve your domestic lives by leaps and bounds as a result. And lots of you want to learn how to cook spicy, pickled savory things.
The best way to maximize your canning time when canning these easy pickles is to use a steam canner. I wrote a helpful post about how to maximize your steam canning time here!