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.

Vivian Howard
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2018

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Recipe Summary

active:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
40
Servings:
40
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Ingredients

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

Directions

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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Nutrition Facts

3 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 0.7g; dietary fiberg; soluble fiberg; insoluble fiberg; sugars 0.6g; monosaccharidesg; disaccharidesg; other carbs 0.1g; fatg; saturated fatg; mono fatg; poly fatg; trans fatty acidg; cholesterolmg; water 252.1g; vitamin a iu 32.3IU 1% DV; vitamin a re 3.2RE; vitamin a carotenoid 3.2RE; vitamin a retinolRE; vitamin a carotene 17.9mcg; vitamin c 0.1mg; vitamin e alpha equivalentsmg; vitamin e iuIU; vitamin e mgmg; calcium 2mg; ironmg; sodium 288.5mg 12% DV; omega 3 fatty acidg; omega 6 fatty acidg; alcoholg; caffeinemg; ashg; vitamin b1 thiaminmg; vitamin b2 riboflavinmg; vitamin b3 niacinmg; niacin equivalentsmg; vitamin b6mg; vitamin b12mcg; vitamin d iuIU; vitamin d mcgmcg; folate 0.2mcg; vitamin k 1.1mcg 1% DV; pantothenic acidmg; boron 0.7mg; coppermg; fluoride 9.6mg; magnesium 0.7mg; manganesemg 1% DV; phosphorus 0.8mg; potassium 3.5mg; seleniummcg; zincmg; 40 butyricg; 60 capriocg; 80 caprylicg; 100 capricg; 120 lauricg; 140 myristicg; 160 palmiticg; 180 stearicg; 161 palmitolg; 181 oleicg; 201 eicoseng; 221 erucicg; 182 linoleicg; 183 linolenicg; 184 stearidong; 204 arachidong; 205 epag; 225 dpag; 226 dhag; alanineg; arginineg; cystineg; glycineg; histidineg; isoleucineg; leucineg; lysineg; methionineg; phenylalanineg; prolineg; serineg; threonineg; tryptophang; tyrosineg; valineg; energy 3.1kcal; aspartic acidg; glutamic acidg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; chromiummcg; pyramid fat; exchange other carbs; phytosterols 0.1mg; pyramid vegetables; exchange vegetables.