Pickled Fennel and Carrots

pickled fennel and carrots #GlutenFree #vegan #vegetarian #paleo #kosher

As much as I hate to admit it, I have to say that my 7 year old son is a very picky eater. And I realize a lot of kids are, but it’s something particularly frustrating to me, for obvious reasons. I spend most of my days in the kitchen, trying and experimenting with new foods, new flavors and new textures. I have a nutrition background, so to me, balance and variety when it comes to diet are a must. And yet I have this kid who is extremely finicky and reluctant to try new things. Although I do have to say, he’s gotten a little bit better and a lot of the foods he eats are actually healthy. So I’ll take that.

One of his very favorite things to eat (besides sushi) is pickles. Kind of odd, right? Vinegary, salty and sometimes spicy. But for some reason, this super picky kid loves them. The only explanation I can come up with, is that it’s in his genes.

Our dad is an absolute pickle fanatic. One of the fondest memories we have of him, is him sitting on the couch, watching the news with a drink, a bowl of pistachios and a plate of homemade pickles. Yes, I said homemade.

I don’t remember ever seeing store bought pickles in my house growing up. He always made them himself, with all kinds of vegetables: cucumbers, cauliflower, radishes, eggplant… He even cured his own olives!

Best part of it is, he still does it, and every time he comes visit,  he makes some for us. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been here in a while so we decided to give it a try ourselves. We figured we would try something a little bit out f the ordinary: fennel. And if you’re not a big fan of its strong licorice taste, don’t worry, the pickling process somehow tames it a little bit. We added a good amount of red pepper flakes to give it a nice spicy kick, but you can modify it to taste. Still not convinced? Try other veggies! Believe it or not, kale works beautifully here too!

Hope you enjoy it!

Pickled fennel and carrots #glutenFree, #Vegan #vegetarian #kosher #paleo


Pickled Fennel & Carrots
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  • 1 large fennel bulb, sliced
  • 3 small carrots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (or to taste. Optional)
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Combine sliced fennel and carrots in a 4 cup mason jar
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour over fennel and carrots until the jar is completely filled. Close tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours


pickled fennel and carrots #GlutenFree #vegan #vegetarian #paleo #kosher

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19 Responses to Pickled Fennel and Carrots

  1. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com February 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Your dad sounds like a pickling genius! Thanks for sharing the story that inspired these pickled carrots and fennel.
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    • Vicky & Ruth March 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      Thank you, yep, if it can be pickled he will do it!

      • vicki levin August 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

        Aloha from the tropics,
        Have you actually ‘hot bathed’ this recipe so it can be put up in stores for some time later? I only hot bath my veges and happen to have some fennel from the garden…so was going to try that..but wondered how the kale would come out-? Thoughts?
        Aloha e,

        • Vicky & Ruth September 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

          Aloha Vicki,you can definitely use hot water in this recipes, we are not sure what will happen with kale when using hit water, it may become too soggy to be a pickle.

  2. C. Brown February 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I am curious to know how to prep kale for pickling. Is it sliced like cabbage for sauerkraut or left in it’s entirety for, I don’t know, use on a corned beef sandwich?

    • Vicky & Ruth February 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      We actually tried it with bagged washed and chopped kale and it worked really well. It was delicious!

  3. Davida @ The Healthy Maven March 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I absolutely love pickling but don’t do it nearly enough! I’m actually signed up for a pickling class in the spring and I can’t wait 🙂
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    • Vicky & Ruth March 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      That is so cool, we love going to cooking classes to learn new things.

  4. Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn March 3, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    This looks like a great healthy recipe to nosh on – I love that there’s no sugar in it.

    By the way, your recipe says “Pickled Fennek & Carrots” 🙂

    • Vicky & Ruth March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks, we don’t really like sweet pickles

  5. Hindy March 3, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I love pickling vegetables but I’ve never done fennel before. I must get to this soon. Looks delicious!
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  6. Mike @TheIronYou March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Pickled fennel…never had it before, but sounds amazing!!!!
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  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs March 4, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I love pickles too! And surprisingly enough, so does my little brother, who is the pickiest eater ever haha.
    These look wonderful! xx
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  8. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Oh, I just love this! So simple – I’ve gotta try pickling some of my own veggies! My favorite Mediterranean restaurant has the most sensational pickled turnips – I’d really love to make my own, and I guess now I have just the inspiration I need to give that a try! Fennel? Awesome idea! And hey – your suggestion of kale?? I’m totally intrigued! Love this post, ladies! 😀 Pinning ASAP!
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    • Vicky & Ruth March 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      We love pickled turnips, they are awesome Our Dad also makes pickled turnips and he adds some a beet so they turn pink.

  9. Couldn't Be Parve March 5, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    Yum! I love pickled vegetables!
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