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Easy pickled radishes

 In Gluten Free, Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian

 Easy pickled radishes are quick to make and will enhance any food you serve it with. Perfectly sweet & tangy, they’re a great pickle to have in the fridge.

Easy pickled radishes are quick to make and will enhance any food you serve it with. Perfectly sweet & tangy, they're a great pickle to have in the fridge.I am having a bit of a moment with pickles. Something pickled lands up on my plate at least once a day and I simply can not get enough. I just love how pickled foods enhance anything else you serve it with. Pickled jalapeños on a rich fish taco add just the right amount of acid and heat to cut through the deep-fried fish. Pickled cucumbers on a burger do the same for the cheesy (I hope), grilled meat. It’s pretty clear why the whole world has gone a bit crazy for pickles.

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The best part of pickles is that they are SO easy to make yourself. All you need is a jar, the vegetable you’d like to pickle and pickling liquid. The jars in question are of course beautiful Ball® jars. They are absolutely iconic and I think (don’t quote me on this) that they actually make the pickles taste better. 😉 I’m working with Ball® jars on their #preservingtastes campaign at the moment and when they told me I could choose any recipe from their website, I was very excited. They have a plethora of tried and tested recipe that work 100% of the time and are guaranteed safe if you follow the directions. And believe me, the directions are super easy to follow.

Fresh radishes

So I browsed through their site and chose a few recipes I thought would be great but I knew it would ultimately depend on what I could find at the market. It just so happens that the first thing I saw when I went shopping were bunches and bunches of gorgeous, fresh radishes. I mean, would you just look at how beautiful they are? I adore radishes and use them often (roasted, they are the bomb) and since the pickled radishes on the Ball® brand website looked so good, I knew I would be buying a few bunches to go pickle at home.

Easy pickled radishesThe preparation took me all of 10 minutes (slicing the radishes included) and now I have a delicious bottle of pickles, just waiting for me to feast. And can we just talk about how gorgeous that jar of pickled radishes is? I simply love that the red of the radishes has tinted the liquid a beautiful coral-pink colour. And listen, you can’t do much better than a jar of pretty pink pickled radishes as a hostess gift.

If you’d like to get pickling, you’re in for a treat. I am giving an awesome Ball® home preserving kit and all you have to do to stand a chance is comment below telling me what pickles you will make using these jars and then to share this post on social media. Remember to tag me so I can track the entries. Facebook: Simply Delicious Twitter: @SimplyDelishSA

Entries will close on Friday 22 July and the winner will be notified via e-mail. Giveaway open to residents of South Africa only. To find out more about Ball® jars, visit their Facebook page.  

Easy pickled radishes

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Easy pickled radishes
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Easy pickled radishes are quick to make and will enhance any food you serve it with. Perfectly sweet & tangy, they're a great pickle to have in the fridge. This recipe is from the Ball® jar website. It is recommended that you follow their recipes directly to ensure an end result that is safe for consumption.
Recipe type: Pickles, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Preserved
  • 1 bunch radishes (about a ½ pound), stem and root ends removed and cut into ⅛ inch slices
  • ½ cup white or apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  1. Place radishes in a hot, sterilised 1-pint jar. Bring vinegar, sugar, water, salt, spices and bay leaf to a boil in an enameled saucepan
  2. Ladle hot pickling liquid over radishes. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band, and adjust to fingertip-tight. Let cool on a wire rack ( about 1 hour). Chill 6 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 4 months.

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This post is sponsored by Ball® jars. The recipe is one from their website All words, images and opinions are my own. 

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Showing 22 comments
  • Billy

    Wow these look great! They look very similar to pickles but just a different color. I’m curious how different the taste is from normal pickles.. Maybe these can become a new favorite for me and my family! Very curious to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alida Ryder

      It’s a very similar taste to normal pickles, just the radish flavour that differs. I hope you love it.

  • Barb Jones

    I do a lot of pickling each year along with Dill I make Hot and Spicy and bread and butter pickles. Now I will add to this with radishes. I grow my own produce and this will be an awesome change. This year will bring pickled okra as well as beets. My home canning and dehydration is expanding.

    • Alida Ryder

      Awesome! Pickled beets are so delicious! 🙂

  • Nicole

    If these are canned, do they have to be refrigerated? How long will they last if not refrigerated?

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m sure as long as you make sure your jar and lid are properly sanitized they should last for at least 3 months out of the fridge.

  • Deanna

    Radish and cucumbers. I love radishes!

  • Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    I agree with you – pickles enhance the flavors of dishes tenfold! I would throw these radishes on literally everything.

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Sarah. Yeah, I have to be honest, these radishes are pretty rad. Get what I did there? 😉

  • Lynette

    Definitely this radish recipe! Shared!

  • Anita Steenkamp

    Would love to pickle some beets (family loves it) and lemons! Shared on facebook and twitter @anitasteenkamp1

  • Faith Shido

    OMG and here I thought I was the only creative “pickler” to have thought of using radishes to pickle. Here in Hawaii, produce, as well as EVERYTHING! is expensive since items, not grown locally, must be shipped here to our islands. Thus, one day, I spotted some cheaper-than-white-turnips red radishes at our farmer’s market, and bought them to use for my Japanese pickles. Family and friends loved this “new idea” esp since it did not use the typical artificial yellow food coloring…always a must for the popular Japanese Takuwan Turnip pickles recipes.
    Putting them in Ball jars would make them extra special! Talk about Ball jars, they will again be a part of my life on my berry-picking trip to Oregon next month. My son-in-law is taking me on my first, looked forward to for decades trip to pick and preserve blackberries which I’ve never seen or prepared in my lifetime, having grown up in Hawaii. Wish me luck as I’ve heard that picking blackberries, with all of their thorns, is not easy! Being a senior citizen, I hope I can correctly credit you on Facebook, to be eligible to winning your pickling kit! Thank you for your sharing of this radish pickle recipe!
    Aloha! Faith Shido

    • Alida Ryder

      How wonderful Faith, I hope you have a wonderful time in Oregon!

  • Natasha Laurent

    I’d do a something sweet for an amazing addition to a cheese platter, red grapes or kamquats!

  • Wikus

    Good stuff!

  • Nicola Meyer

    I would make pickled chillies as my husband loves them

    • Alida Ryder

      I am SO obsessed with pickled chillies. Love that idea.

  • Reply

    I LOVE making homemade pickles Alida, but have yet to try pickled radishes! I’m definitely game though! On my list! They sound delish!

    • Alida Ryder

      You really must! They have quite a cabbagey vibe to them once they’re pickled which I really like.

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