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Gardiniera


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Gardiniera (pronounced; Jar-din-air-ah) Garden in a Jar or Summer in a JarItalian Giardiniera is also called "sotto aceti", which means "under vinegar", a common term for pickled foods.

    photo: Lisa Muhammad

Gardiniera is a wonderful way to put up vegetables from your garden or vegetables you find on sale. It so simple and easy to do.


The following recipe makes 3 quart jars or 6 pint jars or 12 half-pint jars.
You can use this recipe below or you can use just about any vegetables you choose.  I've used broccoli, celery, red jalapeno peppers. Use the amounts of vegetables to your liking. For another batch, I used mostly cauliflower and for others mostly broccoli. You can adjust the amount of heat and sweetness also. If you like a sweeter brine add some sugar and adjust to your taste. The following recipe is from eatboutique.
I used a simple brine recipe, which only called for equal cups of vinegar and water. I heated the brine for about 3 minutes and then poured over the vegetables.
Ingredients:
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 pound of carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 12 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 3.5 cups white wine vinegar or just white vinegar
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1.5 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 Serrano peppers, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
Gather your fresh vegetables. Wash them well and cut into bite size pieces.

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Blanch vegetables in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. 


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Pack vegetables in clean (sterilized) canning jars.

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Pour brine over vegetables
leaving 1/2 inch head space. 

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 With a spatula or knife, go around inside of jars and remove air bubbles.


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Place lids and rings (bands) on jars finger tight. 
Process in waterbath for 10 minutes.
Remove jars and place on towel. Allow to cool. 


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Label jars and store. 

Here's the cauliflower I did and the broccoli. I added a lemon to the broccoli. Can't wait to see how it comes out.


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-the good cook