pickled carrots in a jar with fresh dill


A quick and simple recipe, Easy Refrigerator Pickled Carrots are so versatile they are a must to keep in your refrigerator.  At any time of year, if you’ve got these little jewels tucked away, you’ll have them ready for:

  • cocktail garnishes for your bloody marys and herbal based shrub cocktails
  • as a great addition to your charcuterie board
  • a vital component of any antipasto platter
  • adding to both winter and summer salads
  • eating straight out of the jar for a snack



So I’ve created some fabulous Easy Refrigerator Pickled Carrots Hang Tags so you can give them to your friends and family too!

Stay with me here, and I’ll tell you how to download them for your holiday gift giving a little later in this post.



If you want to learn everything there is to know about pickling just about anything, then you’re going to need to read this post!

how to pickle everything guide


Learn how to pickle so many things into tasty nibbles like:

  • Fruits – Cherries, peaches, plums, watermelon and more
  • Fresh vegetables – cauliflower, green beans, okra, radishes and more
  • Corned Beef and Pickled Pork recipes
  • Pickled Seafood – Shrimp, mussels and scallops 

Plus I’ve created a valuable resource to use for pickling anything you can get your hands on!  It’s my 10-PAGE How to Pickle Everything Guide PDF, chock full of instructions, tips and recipes!  Quick Pickled Vegetables are the best part of Summer!

Click here to read: How to Pickle Everything Guide – Recipes, Instructions & PDF   




I can’t help munching on these easy refrigerator pickled carrots while I’m busy in the kitchen.  But, I especiallybloody mary mix ingredients love to use them as a garnish in my Big Batch Bloody Mary’s that I serve by the pitcher.

It’s one of those recipes that’s always a real crowd-pleaser, no matter the guest list!

If you’re a hostess that likes to have a fabulous time at your own parties, then you probably need this recipe!

You can check it out by clicking this link:  Big Batch Bloody Mary Mix Recipe and Cocktail Garnishes For Entertaining A Crowd



And I bet you’re getting in the mood for a cocktail from reading this post!  If so,  you’ll want to pop over to my comprehensive holiday articles on:

 How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part One

How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part Two

The two part series is chock  full of fabulous cocktail recipes, garnish recipes and ideas. 

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Plus, I’ve created a totally cool (and B-E-A-utiful)  four-page printable Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide to make sure you know exactly what to buy at the store!



Now, let’s be real here gals.  I did not cut all those carrot sticks by hand, that was just not going to happen. 

Seriously, I don’t have one of those Ronco gadgets that slices, dices and mows the lawn.   If you’re a gal who doesn’t like to work too hard, be smart and head to your grocer’s prepared produce department. 

pickled carrots ingredientsWork smart, not hard is my motto in the kitchen, and life in general. So, pick up a few pre-cut containers of carrot sticks and give yourself a break.

I love the fact that they are all the same size and there is no waste factor.  Although, if you do opt to cut your own, then throw the scraps in the freezer to use for soup stock. 

I always have a bag of vegie scraps growing in my freezer for my next batch



  • Make life easy on yourself, purchase ready-cut carrot sticks in the vegie department of your grocers
  • Pint mason jars are the right height to produce perfectly sized cocktail garnishes
  • I use plastic canning screw-lids for refrigerator pickles since they are not processed in a water bath
  • Be careful of how much garlic you use in your recipe, heads of garlic do vary in intensity
  • Use a butter knife to ease the sprigs of fresh dill into the jars between the glass sides and carrot sticks for a pretty presentation.  (These make a wonderful hostess gift when “wrapped” with a ribbon and hang tag.
  • Pickled carrots will last in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks (if they last that long!)
  • Don’t forget that they are a wonderful snack, right out of the jar.


The versatility of this easy refrigerator pickled carrots make them a must-have during any time I’m going to be entertaining.

pickled carrots and asparagusI love putting together gorgeous “board displays” and these pickled carrots add a real pop of color to charcuterie or an antipasto platter.  Let’s not forget to add them to our bar cart as a delicious edible cocktail garnish too!



No? Then you’ve been missing out!

Check out the recipe for these incredible, edible holiday nibbles!

Now you’re wondering if they appear on my Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart, aren’t you?  Why, YES, they do!

Can you imagine how gorgeous they would be in a Bloody Mary, tied to a strip of crispy bacon with a blanched carrot strip?  Just fabulous!

But how I really adore to eat them is as part of an antipasto platter that I can serve to guests with cocktails before dinner.  They’re always one of the first things that disappear from the assortment of Italian goodies. 

Any why yes, thanks for asking… I did indeed make a matching set of printable hang tags for my Pickled Asparagus too!

You can check out the post and get the recipes by clicking this link: Perfectly Pickled Asparagus – Fabulous for Charcuterie, Antipasto or Cocktail Garnish


PICKLED CARROT STICK HANG TAGS FOR GIFT GIVINGeasy refrigerator pickled carrots

Especially during the holidays, I give lots of homemade gifts.  

I’ve got a huge array of recipes that are perfect for gift giving. I’ll sharing them with you from time to time throughout the year too.

Plus, it’s wonderful to spend time in a toasty kitchen that time of year.  Especially if I light a fire and put on a great rom-com in the background.  Now that’s the kind of Winter afternoon I look forward to each season.

I decided I should create some really special Easy Refrigerator Pickled Carrots Hang Tags for my IFAFL Email Subscribers.  Now you’ll be able to entertain with style and give them as thoughtful holiday gifts too.

  • Just download the FREE PDF
  • Print, cut out and punch out a hole
  • Use some twine or ribbon to hang your gift tags
  • You’re in business


Want your own PICKLED CARROTS HANG TAGS, (AND PICKLED ASPARAGUS TOO!) but you’re not on our list yet? 

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pickled carrots in a jar with fresh dill

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Carrots for Antipasto and Cocktail Garnish

Yield: 3-4 pint mason jars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days 20 minutes

An easy "refrigerator" pickle, these carrot sticks are so versatile they are a must in to keep in your refrigerator almost any time of year!  Think cocktail garnish, or as a lovely addition to a charcuterie board or antipasto platter!


  • 1 lb. carrots, cut into 3 1/2"x 1/3" sticks
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. dill seeds
  • 1 12/ Tbs. kosher salt
  • Fresh dill weed


1. Place a medium saucepan filled with 3 cups water on medium-high, cover and bring to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice and water.

2. Place the carrots into boiling water to blanch for one minute. Drain in a colander and plunge into an ice bath to stop cooking.

3. Bring brine ingredients to a boil in the same saucepan, reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes to let flavors meld.

4. Pack blanched carrots into jar as tightly as possible, making sure there is 1/4 inch headspace to rim of jar.

5. With a butter knife, slide sprigs of fresh dill down between the side of the glass jar and the carrots all the way around. (about 5-6)

6. Pour hot brine over carrots, screw on lids and leave undisturbed on counter until completely cooled.

7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

8. Your pickled carrots will be ready after 6-7 days of letting the flavors develop.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 20Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 0g


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