Rainbow Carrot Refrigerator Pickles

Last weekend I picked up my Bountiful Baskets order which included a 25 pound bag of rainbow carrots.  If you can't imagine how much 25 pounds of carrots is, it was like picking up my 3 year old little boy in both size and weight.  That's a lot of rainbow carrots.... what to do with so many carrots?  

Besides just enjoying them raw as a snack, we have been roasting them and putting them in salads.  I even gave away a few pounds to my aunt. It looked like I hardly put a dent in this huge bag of carrots.  So what else could I do with so many rainbow carrots?  Rainbow carrot pickles!


I'm surprised it took me so long to think of making carrot pickles.  I LOVE pickles.  Well, maybe it's more like I'm obsessed with pickles.  I have done multiple school projects and papers on pickling, and even had my college e-mail address with "pickles" in the title. When I was a little kid, I could go through a whole jar of pickles in a day, including drinking the juice.

After figuring out that I was going to make pickles, I went to the store to buy some canning equipment, and spent a couple of days researching how to make carrot pickles.

 I had no idea that canning was so complicated and precise!  I must admit that I got a little intimidated with the idea of actually canning carrots.  So, I decided to go with the refrigerator method for now (even though I'm determined to do some canning in the very near future.)

Here is a picture of the rainbow carrots I used for the pickles.


I washed and peeled the carrots, then washed them again.


Here is what the inside of the purple rainbow carrots looks like.


I cut each carrot so that they would each be the same length - and I wanted them to be long enough to go in my quart sized Ball jars.  I quartered each one lengthwise.  Then it was time to boil the carrots for 3 minutes.


Once 3 minutes were up, I rinsed the carrots under water.


I had already sterilized the jars at this point, so they were ready for the ingredients.  I added 2 tablespoons of pickling spice to each jar.


Then it was time for the rainbow carrots.


Lastly, I added my pickling liquid.  I combined 4 cups of water, 2 cups of white wine vinegar (distilled vinegar is fine too), 2 teaspoons of salt, and 6 teaspoons of sugar, and brought the mixture to a boil.  I then poured the liquid into the jars using a measuring cup with a spout. 


I put the lids on the jars and allowed them to COOL COMPLETELY before placing them in the refrigerator.


The rainbow carrot pickles are best after 48 hours.  I have also made a different version where instead of using pickling spice, I used 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds, a clove of garlic, and a sprig of fresh dill.  I also left out the sugar.  These pickled carrots taste similar to a dill pickle and are delicious. 


Like I said, I spent a few days researching how to do this.  After reading several articles and posts, I see that the pickles are good in the refrigerator anywhere from 10 days to 3 months!  Hopefully you'll be like my family and love the rainbow carrot pickles so much, that they'll be gone before you need to worry about spoilage. 

Rainbow Carrot Refrigerator Pickles

2 quart sized jars
2 pounds of rainbow carrots (or regular carrots)
2 teaspoons pickling spice
4 cups water
2 cups white wine vinegar (or distilled vinegar)
2 teaspoons salt
6 teaspoons sugar

1.  Wash, peel, rewash, and quarter the carrots.
2.  Bring a pot of water to boil.  Boil the carrots for 3 minutes.
3.  Rinse the carrots under cold water.
4.  Add pickling spice and cooled carrots to sterilized jars.
5.  Bring water, vinegar, salt, and sugar to a boil.
6.  Pour pickling liquid into each jar, filling until there is about 1/2 inch of space left in the jar.
7.  Cover the jars and allow to COOL COMPLETELY on the counter before placing in the refrigerator.
8.  Best enjoyed after 48 hours.

 
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Hi, I'm Jordan - a work at home mom with 2 super fun little boys and a rising country star hubby. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!

3 thoughts on “Rainbow Carrot Refrigerator Pickles

  • 2014-09-21 at 1:51 pm
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    Oh love this recipe! We grew some rainbow carrots last year in the garden and the purple ones are fun 🙂 These carrot refrigerator pickles sound awesome and I can't wait to crunch a few!

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  • 2016-09-01 at 6:45 am
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    I am confused too.I have never canned or pickled before, but this year I have a bountiful garden and want to try refrigerator pickles.
    How do I know which recipe to believe, 1 week or 3 mths etc?
    They all seem to have the same ingrediients and processing.
    Best wishes to all

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