How to Make Simple Pickled Vegetables

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  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. dried hot red-pepper flakes

Pickling Liquid Recipe

1. Bring pickling-liquid ingredients to a boil in a 3-quart nonreactive saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
2. Transfer to a 4-quart nonreactive bowl and cool about 30 minutes.

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  • 1 head cauliflower (2 lb), trimmed and broken into 1- to 1 1/2-inch florets (6 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices (2 cups)
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch-thick slices (3 cups)
  • 1 cup drained bottled whole peperoncini (4 oz)
  • 1 cup large brine-cured green olives (preferably Sicilian; 6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup oil-cured black olives (6 oz)

Simple Pickled Vegetables Recipe

1. Bring about 6 quarts unsalted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot. Have ready a large bowl of ice and cold water. Add cauliflower to pot and boil until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes, then transfer with a slotted spoon to ice bath to stop cooking.

2. Cook remaining vegetables separately in same manner, allowing 4 minutes each for bell peppers and carrots and 2 minutes for celery. Drain vegetables in a colander and spread out on 2 large kitchen towels to dry.

3. Add cooked vegetables, pepperoncini, and olives to pickling liquid. Weight vegetables with a plate to keep them submerged, then chill, covered, at least 1 day.

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