Spicy Quick Pickles
Are pickled turnips a thing? If they weren't before, they are now! These spicy quick pickles are so easy and delicious as a condiment or all by themselves. I made this recipe with turnips and radishes, but these pickles can be made with any sort of crispy vegetable that you want to pickle! Although these pickles are delicious, they are not shelf stable like those made by the traditional canning method and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two. This recipe makes 3 jars of assorted pickles, but can easily be scaled up or down based on how much produce you have!
Ingredients (makes mid-sized 3 jars)
1 bunch small red radishes
2 large watermelon radishes
4 medium turnips
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
5 tsp salt
4 tsp granulated Stevia (alternatively, could use honey - see note below)
2 - 3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, divided
3 tsp whole black peppercorns, divided
1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds or mustard seeds, divided
3 crushed cloves of garlic, divided
1. Using a mandoline slices, thinly slice radishes and turnips. This can also be done by hand using a very sharp knife. Tightly pack slices into mid-sized canning jars.
2. Top each jar with about 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, depending on desired spice level. I used 3/4 teaspoon in each of my jars and felt like it was a good balance of sweet and heat! Also top each jar with 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon of fennel or mustard seeds, and 1 clove of garlic per jar.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, water, salt, and Stevia. Bring to a boil and stir ensuring salt and Stevia are completely dissolved; remove from heat.
4. Pour vinegar mixture into each jar over sliced turnips and radishes and fill to the top. Allow to cool to room temperature before putting the lids on, then move to refrigerator. They are ready to be eaten as soon as they have cooled!
Note: If you would rather use honey or even regular sugar, I would recommend using 2 - 3 tablespoons depending on your desired level of sweetness. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so less is needed in this recipe!