Spring pickle recipes with asparagus, rainbow carrots and fennel from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Brine of the Times 

Three inspired spring pickle recipes 

| National   Cooking | Karen Palmer

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The spring pickle spectrum: asparagus, rainbow carrots and fennel

Nice stalks, asparagus.

Carrots, you send us over the rainbow.

And boy, are we frond of you, fennel.

Some of our favorite spring produce is finally (!) hitting the market in full force. And, greedy bastards that we are, we'd like to hold onto all that deliciousness for just a little bit longer.

With that in mind, our Test Kitchen developed three inspired pickle recipes that are easy and way more interesting than plain old cukes.


Asparagus

Method: Room-temp brine means no soggy stalks.
Ingredients: White wine vinegar, juniper berries, garlic cloves, black pepper, dill sprigs and seeds, bay leaf, árbol chile. 
Pickle profile: The closest to a classic dill, but not they're not your bubby's half sour. These stalks have real bite.

Rainbow Carrots
Method: Heated brine. 
Ingredients: Distilled vinegar, torched cinnamon stick, coriander, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, thyme, bay leaf. 
Pickle profile: Setting the cinnamon stick aflame (either with a torch or, carefully, over a stove burner) adds heat and warmth to the sweet, still-crunchy carrots.


Fennel

Method: Heated brine. 
Ingredients: White wine vinegar, lemon peel, bay leaf, sugar, water, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds. 
Pickle Profile: Get your anise in gear. Fennel seeds enhance the bulb's naturally licorice-y flavor.

Brine Your Asparagus
Make Fennel Even More Licorice-y
MAKE IT! Pickled Rainbow Carrots
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