Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus

Pickling vegetables, almost any vegetable, is a simple process, and Asparagus is no exception. A jar or two for the refrigerator can be made in literally minutes, no “canning” or “processing” required! If you can boil water, you can make these fantastic little pickled Asparagus. It’s that simple.

Pickled Asparagus
Pickled Asparagus – shown in center of relish tray

A few weeks ago I made my Overnight Bloody Marys, an extravaganza to be sure. One thing I found is that so many of the pickled items from the store were amazingly pricey, and the pickled asparagus was close to six bucks for a six-ounce jar. When you take a few minutes to make your own, especially if you have a well stocked spice cupboard, the cost, above the asparagus itself, is just pennies.

If you’re not familiar with refrigerator pickles, and the difference between “putting up” or canning pickles for storage, let me clear it up. A refrigerator pickle is made to keep in the refrigerator, and will keep well for several weeks with no problem due to the high amount of vinegar and the refrigeration.

Vegetables made into pickles that are “canned” or “processed” and meant to be stored in the cupboard need more care, an exact recipe to moderate the PH level, sterilized jars, and need to be processed in a hot water bath or a pressure canner. They take a bit more work and care. You’ll more often than not see recipes for larger amounts than a jar or two, just so cooks can maximize their time and perhaps preserve a harvest.

Bloody Mary - Overnight
Bloody Mary – Overnight

Since refrigerator pickles are so easy and quick and can be made in small amounts, they can be whipped up any old-time. I often make refrigerator pickles from left over vegetables as a way to “rework” them.  Cauliflower, carrots, pearl onions and green beans are great candidates for this strategy!

While refrigerator pickles are best if they have a bit of a chance to marinate in the liquid, at least an hour, and preferably a day or two, they just take a few minutes to make. Even if you’re thinking about a big canning project, a couple of jars of refrigerator pickles are a great way to “test” a recipe if you scale it down. If you’d like, add a bit of honey or sugar to the water/vinegar mixture.

These are “specialty” Asparagus pickles – I used the tops only and it made just about two small jars. The bottoms didn’t go to waste – they went into my Asparagus Frittata, but could also be added to a soup (combine with spring peas, perhaps, in a cream soup), go into a stir fry or some other recipe.

Pickled Asparagus - Quick Refrigerator Pickle
Pickled Asparagus – Quick Refrigerator Pickle

Pickled Asparagus for the Fridge

  • Servings: 2 small jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pound of Asparagus, washed, trimmed to fit in jar with about 1/2 an inch of space at the top, ends reserved for another use
  • a pinch of black or mixed peppercorns (in each jar)
  • a pinch mustard seeds (in each jar)
  • a pinch of coriander seeds (in each jar)
  • a pinch red pepper flakes (in each jar)
  • 4 allspice berries (two in each jar)
  • 4 whole cloves (two in each jar)
  • White vinegar (about 2/3 cup)
  • Water (about 2/3 cup)

Blanch asparagus in a little water to desired degree of tenderness, plunge into cold water to preserve color. Drain. I take a little care to keep the asparagus tips aligned and in one direction, so they’re easy to add to the jar, tip up.

To each jar, add the spices, then the Asparagus. In the meantime, in a small pan, bring a mixture of vinegar and water to a boil. Pour over the Asparagus in the jar. Add lids and tighten, then turn upside down to distribute spices. Refrigerate after the jar is cool.

Keeps well for several weeks in the fridge.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read {Strategies Applied} for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.

11 thoughts on “Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus”

    1. I love homemade pickles like this because one can really play with the spices, notice no dill! But just a bit of heat. Asparagus absorb so many flavors and have such a great texture when pickled!

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! I have asparagus on the counter right now I was going to oven roast, but since I posted this (my jar is long gone, made a couple weeks ago) I can’t get these pickles off my mind!

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