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You Can Pickle That! 21 Quick Winter Pickles (No Canning Required)

Sure, summer’s a fading memory. But it’s still prime time for pickling! In the chill months, break out the beets, peppers, eggs, carrots, apples, onions, cheese—wait, cheese? Yes, cheese! Also, sausage. Whaaah? Check 'em out.

Popa's Pickled Eggs

A simple, classic pickled egg, flavored with turmeric and hot yellow peppers. “The longer they sit, the better they get!” says Marianne. We ate them plain, on salads, as deviled eggs, and in sandwiches.”

Popa's Pickled Eggs

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Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrot

You know these. They're the pickled veggies that come with Vietnamese vermicelli salads, and they're the secret, satisfying crunch in banh mi sandwiches.

Pickled Daikon Radish and Carrot

Photo by JOSEPHINE

Quick Pickled Jalapeno Rings

Amazing on nachos, tacos, burritos, salads, sandwiches, you get the idea.

Chef John's Quick Pickled Jalapeno Rings

Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Beets and Eggs

Let’s let Misterblutarsky explain the appeal: “I recently began working in Hanover, PA, and noticed red eggs in the deli section of my local grocery. I sought out a recipe, and this one is perfect in every respect. The sweet and sour aspects, along with the spices will make you very happy.”

Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Beets and Eggs

Photo by SunnyByrd

Pickled Garlic

“I love these," says VeggieBalls. "And garlic is so good for you. No icky garlic breath! Fabulous for gifts, too.”

Pickled Garlic

Photo by mis7up

Deviled Pickled Eggs

You love pickled eggs. But you also love deviled eggs. That's not a problem.

Deviled Pickled Eggs

Photo by Shearone

Hot Italian Giardiniera

There’s a garden’s worth of produce in here: peppers, cauliflower, celery, carrots, onions, green olives! It's a required condiment on Italian beef sandwiches. Basically, it makes any sandwich better. But try it on pizzas, pastas, and salads, too.

Hot Italian Giardiniera

Photo by Scott M.

Chipotle and Adobo Pickled Eggs

These pickled eggs bring some heat. Slice them up for salads “or just eat them plain for a quick low-carb snack,” says Savanah.

Chipotle and Adobo Pickled Eggs

Photo by LilSnoo

Pickled Cheese

Try this pungent feta on a big ol’ Greek Salad or as a filling for spanikopita. Opa!

Pickled Cheese

Photo by lutzflcat

Pickled Sausage

Maybe you’ve seen these in convenience stores. Cooked smoked sausage takes the plunge in a tangy red brine.

Pickled Sausage

Photo by Cliff

Pickled Padron Peppers

Any small fresh pepper will work here, including jalapeno and red Fresno chile peppers. The spicy vinegar is amazing in salad dressings, marinades, and mixed into cooked rice.

Chef John's Pickled Padrona Peppers

Pickled Grilled Red Onions

Unless your grill is buried in 8 feet of snow (sorry, Buffalo), it’s worth stepping into the chill to grill up some onions for this sweet, tart pickle. Pop them onto a salad or sandwich (burgers!), or gobble them up as a side with roasts.

Pickled Grilled Red Onions

Photo by MrsFisher

Pickled Hot Peppers

An assortment of peppers—jalapeno, serrano, and banana peppers—get a vinegar and garlic bath.

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Pickled Hot Peppers

More Winter Pickles

Elin's Pickled Pumpkin
Apple Refrigerator Pickles
Refrigerator Pickled Carrots
Pickled Onions
Homemade Pickled Ginger (Gari)
Chow Chow
Zucchini Pickles
Pickled Grilled Pickles

And that’s not all. Use these recipes as a base, and pickle what you like: eggplants, radishes, cauliflower. It's so simple. Fill up a jar with good stuff, cover with tasty brine, and chill in the fridge. Then eat ‘em up.

More Seasonal Quick Pickles


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