A brine can be as simple as equal parts vinegar and water, but for exceptional pickles you want to add seasoning. This brine recipe lets you mix and match whole spices, ground spices, heat givers, fresh herbs and aromatics however suits your fancy. Be sure to make enough liquid to cover everything in your jar--and remember that any vinegars you swap in have to be 5% acidity or greater (it's indicated on the label) to ensure a proper pickle. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2018

Vivian Howard


Basic Brine
Seasonings (mix & match, using the amount specified or less)


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring vinegar, water, salt, sugar and seasonings (as desired) to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.


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