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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


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


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.


Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup
3 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 0.6g; dietary fiber 0g; soluble fiber 0g; insoluble fiber 0g; sugars 0.6g; monosaccharides 0g; disaccharides 0g; other carbs 0g; fat 0g; saturated fat 0g; mono fat 0g; poly fat 0g; trans fatty acid 0g; cholesterol 0mg; water 251.8g; vitamin a iu 0IU; vitamin a re 0RE; vitamin a carotenoid 0RE; vitamin a retinol 0RE; vitamin a carotene 0mcg; vitamin c 0mg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 0mg; vitamin e iu 0IU; vitamin e mg 0mg; calcium 0.4mg; iron 0mg; sodium 288.4mg; omega 3 fatty acid 0g; omega 6 fatty acid 0g; alcohol 0g; caffeine 0mg; ash 0g; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; vitamin b12 0mcg; vitamin d iu 0IU; vitamin d mcg 0mcg; folate 0mcg; vitamin k 0mcg; pantothenic acid 0mg; boron 0.7mg; copper 0mg; fluoride 9.6mg; magnesium 0.1mg; manganese 0mg; phosphorus 0mg; potassium 0.1mg; selenium 0mcg; zinc 0mg; 40 butyric 0g; 60 caprioc 0g; 80 caprylic 0g; 100 capric 0g; 120 lauric 0g; 140 myristic 0g; 160 palmitic 0g; 180 stearic 0g; 161 palmitol 0g; 181 oleic 0g; 201 eicosen 0g; 221 erucic 0g; 182 linoleic 0g; 183 linolenic 0g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; alanine 0g; arginine 0g; cystine 0g; glycine 0g; histidine 0g; isoleucine 0g; leucine 0g; lysine 0g; methionine 0g; phenylalanine 0g; proline 0g; serine 0g; threonine 0g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0g; valine 0g; energy 2.4kcal; aspartic acid 0g; glutamic acid 0g; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; chromium 0mcg; pyramid fat 0; exchange other carbs 0.