PERFECTLY PICKLED ASPARAGUS
A quick and simple recipe, Perfectly Pickled Asparagus are so versatile, they are a must to keep in your refrigerator.
DO YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF “THOSE GALS”?
You know the ones. They always seem to have some homemade goodies stowed away in their immaculate refrigerators to serve at a moment’s notice. If so, then this is a great recipe to start with.
You’ll be ready to throw something fabulous together to serve when guests are coming for cocktails before a show. Or maybe you’ll use them on individual antipasto plates as an appetizer the next time you serve lasagna.
At any time of year, if you’ve got these little jewels tucked away, here’s a few more ways you can use Perfect Pickled Asparagus:
- a cocktail garnish for your bloody mary’s and herbal based shrubs
- as a great addition to your charcuterie boards
- a vital component of any antipasto platter
- adding to spring and summer salads
- pair with Pickled Shrimp for a delicious appetizer plate
- eating straight out of the jar for a snack
HOW TO PICKLE EVERYTHING GUIDE – Recipes, Instructions & PDF
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!
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 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 GIVE LOTS OF HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN!
So I’ve created some fabulous Pickled Asparagus 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 thoughtful gift giving a little later in this post.
PERFECTLY PICKLED ASPARAGUS – Dare I say a “perfect” addition to the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart?
H.H. and I enjoy these easy refrigerator pickled asparagus as a before-dinner snack with some brie and crackers.
But, I especially love to use them as a garnish in my Big Batch Bloody Mary’s that I serve by the pitcher.
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 these posts, if so you’ll want to pop over to my article on: How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part One.
The two part series is chock full of fabulous cocktail recipes, garnish recipes and ideas.
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!
FAST AND EASY PERFECTLY PICKLED ASPARAGUS
I find this recipe for Perfectly Pickled Asparagus is something I can toss together while I’m making dinner, even on a weeknight.
That’s especially helpful when the winter holidays come around and we can go through several batches in 6-8 weeks time. I always have a few jars waiting to be used as a cocktail garnish or appetizer when serving drinks during November and December.
NAN’S TIPS FOR PERFECTLY PICKLED ASPARAGUS
- Pint mason jars are the right height to produce perfectly sized cocktail garnishes
- I use plastic canning screw-lids for refrigerator pickles since they’re not processed in a hot-water bath
- Be careful 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 asparagus for a pretty presentation. (These make a wonderful hostess gift when “wrapped” with a ribbon and hang tag.
- Pickled asparagus 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.
HOW TO USE YOUR ASPARAGUS STEMS AND ENDS
If you’ve spent any time perusing Ingredients For A Fabulous Life, you know I don’t like to throw anything away.
I have a special section under the Foodietown main menu tab called “Leftover Magic” dedicated to using up the unused ingredients from my recipes. IFAFL email subscribers won’t be wasting much with me visiting them in their inbox twice a week!
So, when you trim your asparagus to the perfect size for your jars, keep the stems gals! ‘Cause I’ve got a delicious asparagus soup recipe that will use them up and make you feel all “frugal-like”.
This is my favorite recipe for Asparagus Soup, from Diana Johnson at Eating Richly. I’ve made this soup a number of times and always love the fact that we’ve eaten every bit of my favorite vegetable. Click this link for the recipe for Asparagus Soup: WHAT TO DO WITH ASPARAGUS ENDS.
I hope I’ve shown you how Perfectly Pickled Asparagus is fabulous for charcuterie, antipasto and as a cocktail garnish any time of the year. Even H.H., who will only eat asparagus if it’s roasted, and that’s a recent change, loves these sassy nibbles.
PICKLED ASPARAGUS HANG TAGS FOR GIFT GIVING
Especially during the holidays, I give lots of homemade gifts.
To that end, I decided I should create some really special Perfectly Pickled Asparagus Hang Tags for my IFAFL Email Subscribers.
Now you’ll be able to entertain with style and give them as thoughtful holiday gifts too.
How about topping the jars off with a square of gingham check or burlap fabric before adding your Perfectly Pickled Asparagus Hang Tag?
Just download the FREE PDF, print, cut out and punch out a hole. Use some twine or ribbon to hang your gift tags and you’re in business.
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This posts has been updated from a previous publication date.
- 3 lbs. fresh asparagus, medium thickness, ends trimmed
- Bunch of fresh dill weed
- 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 3 Tbs. Kosher salt
- 1 Tbs. dill seeds
- 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 2 tsp. mustard seeds
- 3 Tbs. sugar
- Cut the asparagus to fit the length of your mason jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace from the top of jar. Pack the spears into the jars as tightly as possible, pointing the tips downward.
- Slide sprigs of dill down between the sides of the jar and the asparagus with a butter knife (if you do this carefully, it's a really pretty presentation)
- Place all brine ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes to meld the flavors.
- With a large ladle, pour the hot brine into the jars, making sure to get some of the spices into each jar. Leave a 1/4 inch headspace to the rim of the jar. Screw on the lids and leave on the counter, untouched until completely cooled.
- Refrigerate the pickled asparagus and let them cure for at least 7 days before using.
- Your pickled asparagus will last up to 4 weeks in your refrigerator.
When I'm just making a quick batch for party cocktail drinks, I'll halve the recipe and reduce the garlic to a single large clove.
Nutrition InformationYield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 29Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 963mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 2g