Pepper Pickled Broccoli- Putting Up with Erin

Happy sunshine, happy Thursday, happy science! Earlier this week I had a “Wait a minute, what am I doing with my days? It’s time to get back to being productive and back to being serious about science” moment. In my over-enthusiastic moment of glory, I may have went a little overboard in printing papers, stocking up on notebooks, and buying highlighters (I haven’t been this excited about fluorescent pens since the age of 6 when I discovered the supply closest at my mom’s office). Today I’m playing hooky from campus and instead opted for a comfy coffee shop couch as the day’s workspace. On that note, and I apologize ahead of time, I’ll be away in Biddeford, ME all next week playing scientist. If you notice a lack of blog posts there’s the reason why.

What’s the word with all of you lately? Is anyone canning anything new, preparing crops for a late summer canning explosion, getting excited about canning workshops, etc.? As expected, the local farmers’ market here in NH is still to packed to the brim with leafy greens and spring onions. I’ve noticed that a few other canning blogs have recently been featuring fruity strawberry creations. Fresh strawberries have yet to hit the local markets in my area, but once they do you can be sure to expect a boom of blog color coming your way. Today’s pepper pickled broccoli recipe employees a geographically wide list of ingredients: dried chili peppers acquired during a trip out west earlier this year, a slew of seeds and spices picked up over the months from various ethnic grocers across Baltimore city, and fresh broccoli and garlic from the Golden Harvest produce market in Kittery, ME. A very quick and easy-to-modify spicy broccoli pickle that will pair up nicely with any picnic, cook out, and/or lazy night meal. Enjoy!

Pepper Pickled Broccoli- Putting Up with ErinPepper Pickled Broccoli- Putting Up with Erin

Pepper Pickled Broccoli

Yield: 5 pints


  • 3 lbs broccoli
  • 15 hot dried chili peppers
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 5 tsp dill seed
  • 3-1/2 tsp coriander seed
  • 5 tsp mustard seed
  • 40 whole peppercorns
  • 3-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp pickling/sea salt


  1. Wash, drain, and cut broccoli into small sized florets.
  2. In a large-sized, non-reactive pot, combine water, vinegar, salt, and dried chilis. Bring to a boil.
  3. Divide remaining ingredients between 5 (hot, sterilized) pint jars. Tightly pack broccoli into jars leaving approximately a 1/2 inch head space.
  4. Pour hot brine over jar contents, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Using a knife or chopstick or something else skinny and long remove air bubbles.
  5. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings (finger tight). Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and take jars out of canner, let cool for 12-24 hours on a folded towel on the counter top.
  7. Let set in a dry and cool place for at least 3 weeks before consuming.

2 responses to Pepper Pickled Broccoli

  1. Ok, my local farmers market had broccoli heads on sale for 99 cents a lb. so I bought some and made this, giving my sister a jar to try. Well, she just texted me that she ate the entire jar herself. Comments: “amazing”, “100x better than cucumbers”, “who woulda thunk you could pickle broccoli?”. I concur. These are simply awesome, trust me! Thanks Erin!!

  2. How hot are they? I have some people who cannot eat quite hot things. Could you please rate the recipe on a hot scale o1-10 with 10 being very hot. It sounds delicious.

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