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Pickled Broccoli Stems

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 55 min (includes cooling and chilling times)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 1 cup
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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.