Basic Pickling Brine

Posted February 6, 2013 by Marc Gottlieb
This basic recipe for pickling is all you need to get started with pickling your own vegetables.

Posted in : Cuisines :
  • Prep Time : 5 min
  • Cook Time : 5 min
  • Ready Time : 10 min




  • 1 liter water
  • 500 mililiters vinegar
  • 62 grams kosher salt


  1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Submerge food to be pickled into the hot brine. Allow to come to room temperature.
  5. Fill a sterile jar with the pickled food. Pour brine into jar until full.

Use hot brine in pickling vegetables. Add aromatics to enhance flavor. Common ingredients include garlic, herbs, chili peppers, bay leaf, allspice, black pepper, and mustard seed.

Substitute sugar for water in the recipe to make a sweet brine for pickling fruits. Add sweet aromatics such as cloves, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom pods.

The instructions in this preparation are not intended for long-term canning. Keep your pickles refrigerated.