Pickled Broccoli Stems

Total Time:
4 hr 50 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
4 hr 30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
1 cup
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Stems from 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Peel the broccoli stems and slice them into 1/2-inch-thick coins (or oddball shapes--just keep them all about the same size). Blanch them in the boiling water until fork-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Cool them in ice water; drain.

  • Bring the vinegar, salt, sugar, pickling spice, bay leaf, lemon zest and juice and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over the broccoli and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

We also like to peel the stems into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Keep them in ice water in the fridge, and toss into salads!


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