This Instructable is to provide basic pickling instructions to people who like to play with flavor, as opposed to a pat recipe that must be adhered to.
Basic Pickling Recipe (These are the proportions, make it larger or smaller as needed!)
4 lbs any vegetables (harder ones work better)
2 3/4 C vinegar (preferably apple cider, but rice, white or red wine are fine too!)
3 C water
1/4 C sea salt (make sure it's not iodized, because that makes the pickle juice cloudy!)
Step 1: Safety First: Sterile and Clean
Optional: You may blanch your vegetables to get the germs off, but his may make your pickle squishy, so pick your battles!
Step 2: Prep Time!
Spices commonly used in pickling spice (see picture):
black pepper corns
dried red peppers
Prepare your work surface. Put a clean towel on your counter. Get your tongs or silicon gloves ready! When everything is set up and prepared, mix your pickle juice ingredients - salt, vinegar, water - and heat them up in a pot on the stove. Stir until salt dissolves.