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Zesty Pickled Brussels Sprouts

These pickled sprouts are crisp with a clean, fresh, zesty flavor!


2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
5 1-pint canning jars with lids and rings
5 cloves garlic, divided
5 bay leaves, divided
1 ¼ teaspoons red pepper flakes, divided
5 cups distilled white or apple cider vinegar (5% or higher)
5 cups water
7 tablespoons pickling salt
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon ground turmeric


  1. Soak Brussels sprouts in a large bowl filled with lightly salted water for about 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Divide the drained Brussels sprouts evenly between jars, filling the jars about ¾-inch from the top.
  4. Place 1 garlic clove, 1 bay leaf, and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes in each jar.
  5. Bring vinegar, water, pickling salt, mustard seed, celery seed and tumeric to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat until the salt is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the vinegar mixture into the jars, filling the jars to within ¼-inch of the top.
  7. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  9. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot, and fill the stockpot halfway with water.
  10. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary, until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool.
  12. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area, and wait at least 3 weeks before opening.