Hot & Spicy, Pickled Cauliflower

Hot & Spicy Pickled Cauliflower - Canning instructions included This is what I call a “stupid-simple” canning recipe. Anyone can make these…And they are a much healthier alternative to the artificially (toxic) bright yellow colored stuff at the store! However, if you don’t want to go through the canning process you can simple store your completed jars in the refrigerator… it will take a few weeks for the flavors to develop, but they will still be very good!  You can also control the heat by adding more or less peppers.. I like to do all my jars with 1 cayenne pepper then add more peppers to some of the jars.. hungarian wax pepper, jalapeños, cherry bells, habaneros, etc. all work very well!! You can also add in thick slices of carrots for color and variety.

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Hot & Spicy Pickled Cauliflower - Canning instructions included

Hot & Spicy, Pickled Cauliflower

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Servings: 6 Quarts



  • Combine vinegar, water and sea salt in a pot and bring to a simmer
  • Pack sterilized jars with cauliflower, hot pepper, garlic clove, mustard seed and black peppercorns
  • Fill jars with hot brine, leaving 1/2 in headspace & remove air bubbles
  • Clean jar rims, and secure two-piece lids
  • Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
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Hot & Spicy Pickled Cauliflower - Canning instructions included

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  1. Going to make a hot cauliflower in1 litre jars. If using the pkg of pickling spice how much would you put in a jar?

    1. I personally don’t love the flavor of the picking spices that you purchase, I would recommend 1 to 3 teaspoons, depending on how much of that flavor you would like to have.

  2. Hi Hayley,

    I’m excited to use this recipe but am trying to gather ingredients/supplies and have a few questions. If I were using pint jars, approx how many should I need? Are you using banana peppers and a cayenne pepper in each jar? Thanks in advance for your advice!

    1. There are many variables to the quantity of jars you will need, ie how large you heads of cauliflower are and what size pieces of veggies you us. To be safe, I’d prepare 24 pint jars. My banana peppers were extra ripe (red) and I sliced them lengthwise. You can use any combination of hot or sweet peppers that you like.

  3. Do you know why some pickled vegetables are colored yellow? Do you know what is traditionally used to make those vegetables yellow? Hint: it`s not toxic and it’s “stupid-simple”.

  4. This looks great! These may be dumb questions, but I’ve never pickled anything before! How do you remove the air bubbles from the jar, and what are you saying to process for 10 mins in a boiling water bath? Thank you!

    1. If you aren’t canning them for shelf stable storage, you can just pack the goodies into a clean jar, cover and refrigerate.
      Removing air bubbles is just moving the solids in the liquid (like mixing) so that there’s no bubbles.

      As for the water bath canning, it’s boiling sealed/sterilized jars filled with your food for a set period of time.

  5. I was wondering since you are packing the jars, how much of the peppercorn, garlic, and mustard seed do you put in each jar?????

    1. Just a pinch or 2. it isn’t worth dirtying a measuring spoon 🙂 I use a few garlic cloves because we love garlic.

  6. its like pickles. if you open and eat too soon all you taste is salt. let them pickle at least 2 months! I let mine go for 3-4 months before opening. if I pickle anything about the first of august I do not open until thanksgiving.

  7. Just opened a bottle of these I made ~3 weeks ago. Nice & spicy but I’ve never tasted anything so salty in my life. Might as well have bottled them in seawater.

    1. Doug, I’m sorry that your batch didn’t work out for you 🙁 We’ve been using that brine for refrigerator pickles of all sorts for over 10 years. Typically we let our go a few months before eating them. What brand of sea salt did you use?

    2. LOL so funny! I do find it a bit salty (I use Himalayan Pink salt) when I tasted the simmering mixture. I actually added some good quality unrefined sugar which is out of the recipe. Hopefully it still taste good.

  8. 5 stars
    The bright yellow you see in some pickled cauliflower is made with Turmeric. That is what gives it the yellow color. I wouldn’t exactly consider it toxic unless you consider health benefits toxic. Which Turmeric has some very beneficial health benefits. Your recipe is great to though.

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  10. Great recipe! Thanks again for sharing. FYI, the yellow color usually comes from brine recipes that include turmeric. So not always bad; just a different flavor profile. Keep posting these!

  11. just made a batch of this and was wondering how long do you recommend letting it sit before eating? Thank you!!

      1. Dear Hayley, do you leave the jars in the fridge or in the cupboard for two weeks? Possible to put in the fridge, as I do not have any glass weights to hold the pickle down. I filled it up to the max I could and did all the sterilization. Thanks.

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