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Pickled Asparagus Recipe
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Pickled Asparagus

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"Use the freshest asparagus for best color. These make great appetizers or garnishes. They look so pretty all 'canned up'!"

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  1. Trim the cut end of the asparagus spears, and cut them into 3 inch lengths. Place them in a large bowl with 1/3 cup salt, and cover with water. Let stand for 2 hours. Drain and rinse under cool water, and pat dry.
  2. Sterilize two pint size wide mouth jars in simmering water for 5 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, mustard seed, dill seed and onion rings. Bring to a boil, and boil for one minute.
  4. Pack the asparagus spears, tips up, in the hot jars leaving 1/2 of space from the rim. Tuck one dill sprig into each jar, and sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Pour hot pickling liquid into the jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe rims with a clean damp cloth, and seal with lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  5. Cool to room temperature. Check seals when cool by pressing the center of the lid. It should not move. Label and date; store in a cool dark place. If any jars have not sealed properly, refrigerate and eat within two weeks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2008

This may be common canning knowledge...but I didn't know this: Be sure to pack the asparagus tightly in the jars. If you don't, you run the risk of the asparagus overcooking during the 10-minute processing time. I added a crushed garlic clove to the bottom of each jar. Otherwise, no changes to the recipe. The pickling juice had a great flavor!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 22, 2010

This is good, although next time i will add less sugar. I was going more of a "bloody mary" type asparagus that is a little hotter, and less sweet.

Apr 07, 2008

Mom wanted some pickled asparagus. I could not find what she wanted at the store, but the asparagus was on sale. Never canned a thing in my life but these turned out GREAT. Mom loved them. My Mom turned 92 this year and if she wants something I try to get it for her. The whole family loved them. Very easy to do.

Apr 13, 2004

I've been making these for years, ever since we had them as a garnish in a Bloody Mary drink in Hawaii. Do pick smallest diameter spears you can find. I also put several crushed cloves of garlic and more red pepper flakes in the bottom of the jars. Makes a wonderful item to tuck into a gift basket, or to give away at the holidays, long after asparagus season is gone.

Jun 07, 2010

I barely followed this recipe at all as I wanted spicy spears for bloody mary's and I know that the sugar takes the bite out of the vinegar. I will say that the asparagus prep directions were spot on. I also added smashed garlic cloves to each jar and a sliced red jalapeno and omitted the mustard and dill seed. I doubled the fresh dill. So, after a lot of adjustments I loved it.

Oct 23, 2009

Quite yummy. I just made them for the refrigerator, cooked the asparagus in the pickling liquid til just barely cooked, and then put in jar and into frig.

Apr 03, 2009

Didn't use dill seed and accidentally added crushed red peppers to the boiling liquid and not to each jar. These had a very nice mix of sweet and tart. Next time I'll use larger jars, add more onion, a couple slivers of garlic and I think red bell pepper would be a nice addition.

Jun 17, 2006

turned out great. I had 5 lbs of asparagus from the farmer's market and no idea what to do with any of it. I pickled half (the skinnier ones) using this recipe. I used fresh dill from teh garden in place of dill seed and I also doubled the recipe. So good! Especially in out bloody mary's.


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  • Calories
  • 41 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 2157 mg
  • 86%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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