Preparing and Canning Pickled Vegetables
- 2¾ pounds peeled carrots (about 3½ pounds as purchased)
- 5½ cups white distilled vinegar (5%)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons canning salt
- 8 teaspoons mustard seed
- 4 teaspoons celery seed
Yield: About 4 pint jars
Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.
Wash and rinse pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids and
bands according to manufacturer's directions.
Wash and peel carrots well. Wash again after peeling and cut into rounds that are
approximately ½-inch thick.
Combine vinegar, water, sugar and canning salt in an 8-quart Dutch oven or
stockpot. Bring to a boil and boil gently 3 minutes. Add carrots and bring back to a
boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and heat until the carrots are half-cooked (about
Meanwhile, place 2 teaspoons mustard seed and 1 teaspoon celery seed in the
bottom of each clean, hot pint jar.
Fill hot jars with the hot carrots, leaving 1-inch headspace. Cover with hot pickling
liquid, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if
needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; adjust two-piece
metal canning lids.
Process in a boiling water canner, as recommended in Table 1. Let cool,
undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.
Allow carrots to sit in processed jars for 3 to 5 days before consuming for best flavor development.
|Table 1. Recommended
process time for Pickled Carrots in a boiling-water
||Process Time at Altitudes of
|Style of Pack
||0 - 1,000 ft
||1,001 - 6,000 ft
||Above 6,000 ft
Developed at The University of Georgia, Athens, for the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
Released by Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Department of Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and
Consumer Sciences. October 2005.