Spicy Pickled Asparagus
This recipe makes a kicky pickled spear. If you prefer something with a little less spice, you can leave out the cayenne.
24 oz jars
trimmed to fit your jars
apple cider vinegar
crushed red pepper flakes
Prepare a boiling water bath canner and two 24-ounce jars (you can also substitute four 12-ounce jelly jars). Place lids in a small pan of water and bring to a bare simmer.
Combine apple cider vinegar, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Fill a pan with several inches of water and bring to a boil.
While the blanching pot heats, wash asparagus and trim to fit in your jars.
When water is boiling, blanch asparagus for 60 seconds. When time is up, transfer asparagus to a colander and rinse with cold water.
Remove jars from the canning pot and drain. Divide garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper evenly between jars. Pack asparagus spears into jars.
Pour pickling liquid over the asparagus, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Tap jars gently to remove any air bubbles. Add more liquid to return headspace to 1/2 inch, if necessary.
Wipe rims, apply lids and rings, and process jars in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
When time is up, remove jars from canner and let them cool on a folded kitchen towel.
Let them cure for at least a week before eating.
Recipe From Simple Bites ( www.simplebites.net )