Quick-Pickled Asparagus

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Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dill seeds or 1 teaspoon fresh dill

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 1 -2 bay leaf OR 1 teaspoon dried herbs(thyme, dill, rosemary)

  • Bunch asparagus

Process

  1. Trim the ends of the asparagus.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the vegetables with 1/3 cup of salt, and cover with water.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare your brine in a saucepan. Over medium heat, mix the sugar and herbs with 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then turn down to a simmer.

  4. Next, drain the water from your vegetables and add them to the simmering brine. Simmer for around 5-6 minutes, or until the asparagus begins to brown.

  5. In a jar, place your asparagus tip side up along. Pour the remaining brine in your jar with the vegetables.

  6. Feel free to add additional herbs or spices such as red pepper flakes or garlic to your brine. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.