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How to Pickle Every Vegetable and Fruit

Learn how to make pickles with everything from asparagus to zucchini. Pickled vegetables and even fruits are a satisfying way to preserve your harvest.

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We Can Pickle That!

Got a bumper crop of cukes, beans or other veggies in your garden? Time to start pickling! Pickling is a great way to preserve and your favorite fruits and veggies to enjoy all year long—plus you can add lots of extra flavor with herbs and spices.

So start with our guide to preserving, grab some canning supplies and we’ll show you how to pickle everything from asparagus to zucchini.

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How to Pickle Asparagus

Asparagus season never seems to last long enough. You see these green sprigs at the farmers market in late spring and early summer and then poof! they’re gone! Preserve peak-season asparagus by pickling. This recipe is a great place to start—add garlic, onions, herbs and spices to suit your taste.

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How to Pickle Beets

You might think that pickled beets are a food best left in the corner of Grandma’s fridge, but think again! This pickled vegetable is sour and a little sweet (as beets tend to be) and makes for a great garnish or even side dish. Give them—and these other beet recipes—a try.

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How to Pickle Blueberries

Think you can only pickle vegetables? Think again! Pickled blueberries are a real treat and they’re easy to can at home.

Taste of Home Deputy Editor James Schend loves pickled blueberries served up over pork, lamb chicken or fish. They’re also a great condiment to spread on a bagel with cream cheese or even on a sandwich. They’re tart, sweet and just a little bit sour.

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How to Pickle Carrots

Pickled carrots make a great addition to any charcuterie board. They’re a bit sweet, a bit spicy and a bit sour—just the thing you want to crunch on at a party alongside cheese, crackers and nuts.

Making pickled carrots is a snap since you don’t need any fancy gear. These quick pickles (meaning they don’t require any pressure or water-bath canning) can be made fast and enjoyed after chilling in the fridge overnight.

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How to Pickle Cucumbers

Cucumbers are the go-to veggie when it comes to making pickles. Whether you prefer dill pickles, sweet pickles or bread and butter pickles, learning how to make them yourself is satisfying and delicious. Switch up the spices, pump up the heat and experiment with flavors to create a pickle recipe you’ll hand down to the next generation.

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How to Pickle Grapes

No need to preserve grapes as a sticky sweet jelly. You can pickle grapes with classic pickling spices like mustard seed, coriander and cinnamon. Thanks to this blend, the grapes are a bit sweet and a bit spicy—and still crunchy (that’s the perfect snack, right?).

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How to Pickle Green Beans

Looking for a way to use up your garden’s harvest of beans? Need a crunchy snack? What about a garnish for your Bloody Mary? Then you need to learn how to pickle green beans. These pickled vegetables are satisfying and a bit spicy thanks to a hint of cayenne.

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How to Pickle Okra

Like many pickled vegetables, you can preserve okra using the quick-pickle refrigerator method or water bath canning. Choose quick pickling for small batches and when you know you can eat the okra quickly (within a month). Water bath canning is best for big batches and storing for the long term. However, you choose to make your okra, be sure to avoid these canning mistakes.

After making a batch, enjoy the crunch that comes from pickled okra eaten plain or sliced as a garnish on your favorite dish.

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How to Pickle Onions

Love how your favorite taco truck adds pickled onions to your order? Us too! Turns out making these pickled vegetables at home is a breeze. Just grab some red onions and some vinegar and you’re almost there.

Once pickled, use them to top tacos, sandwiches, salads—you name it!

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How to Pickle Peaches

Need a pickle that can do it all? You need to try pickled peaches. These fruit pickles are a bit sweet and a bit sour so they are just as at home atop your favorite pork recipe as they are alongside a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. When paired with savory dishes, you’ll really taste tart and sour notes. With sweet, you’ll appreciate the cloves, ginger and cinnamon in the recipe—just a few of our favorite warming spices.

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How to Pickle Peppers

Peter Piper had it right—pickled peppers are tasty enough to pick a whole peck. Include homemade pickled peppers in your next antipasto spread or just snack on ’em like you would traditional pickles.

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How to Pickle Rhubarb

Rhubarb fans, here’s a way to enjoy your harvest all year long. Pickled rhubarb is easy to make. Once you’ve pickled this tart produce, you’ll find that it has a spicy quality as well thanks to clove and anise. Use pickled rhubarb like a condiment on sandwiches or add to fruit for an extra tart parfait.

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How to Pickle Watermelon Rinds

Next time you’re picking and slicing a watermelon, don’t discard the rinds! Instead of tossing them out, you can pickle watermelon rinds into a crunchy accompaniment for salads, dinners and relish trays.

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How to Pickle Zucchini

Sure, cucumbers are the ol’ standby when it comes to making pickles, but you can get similar flavor and crunch with zucchini. Slice this squash thinly and pickle in a brine full of your favorite spices. Our go-to recipe makes sweet and sour pickles—yum! If your garden is producing a bumper crop of zucchini and squash this year, try these recipes.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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