Pickled Cauliflower & Broccoli (Gardiniera)

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.

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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 the vegetables below or you can use just about any vegetables you choose.  I've used broccoli, celery, red bell and 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. 

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
4 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (optional)

BRINE:

3 1/2 cups white wine vinegar or just white vinegar
3 1/2 cups water
6 tablespoons black peppercorns
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2  tablespoon kosher salt or canning salt
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. 
With a spatula or knife, go around inside of jars and remove air bubbles.
Place lids and rings (bands) on jars finger tight. 
Place jars in canner.

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Process water bath method for 10 minutes.
Remove jars and place on towel.
Allow to cool. 
Label jars and store.