The beautiful bunches of orange, red & yellow carrots from the farmer’s market or your backyard garden are perfect here. But, the standard orange carrots from the produce department will also be fabulous.
10 medium carrots (about 2 lbs.)
2 cups white balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs. raw sugar
3 Tbs. kosher salt
4 quarter-size thin slices fresh ginger, peeled
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced lengthwise
3 Tbs. brown mustard seeds
1 Tbs. coriander seeds
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions. At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.
Remove green tops & the very tip from carrots. Scrub gently and cut into ¼” matchsticks. Leave as long as your jar will allow. Bring 3 cups water & all ingredients except carrots to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 minute. Pack carrots into clean, hot jars. Immediately pour hot pickling liquid, ginger & spices over the carrots leaving ½” of space at the top of the jar. Screw on two-piece lids and place filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil jars for 10 minutes, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from water and let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal. Refrigerate overnight to let flavors develop. Serve cold.
Pickled carrots last up to 1 week, refrigerated, after opening.