Mason jars full of cauliflower florets and brine
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Pickled Cauliflower - Two Ways

Prepare gut health beneficial lacto fermented cauliflower or vinegar refrigerator pickled cauliflower in no time. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Fermented Food, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 quart jars
Calories: 323kcal
Author: CraftBeering


Lacto Fermented Cauliflower

  • 3 heads cauliflower, medium sized, purple, green and orange carnival cauliflower is especially delicious
  • 5 cloves garlic, large, peeled, halved or quartered
  • 2 quarts water preferably filtered
  • 3 tbsp sea salt (may increase to 4 tbsp if you prefer very salty cauliflower)

Vinegar Refrigerator Pickled Cauliflower

  • 3 heads cauliflower same as above
  • 5 cloves garlic same as above
  • 2 quarts water same as above
  • 3 tbsp sea salt same as above
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar apple cider is a good choice
  • 1 tsp each of your choice of peppercorns, coriander seeds, celery seeds, mustard seeds


Lacto Fermented Cauliflower

  • Bring the water to boil, dissolve the salt and let it cool down completely.
  • Thoroughly rinse the cauliflower heads, cut in florets and arrange into wide mouth quart sized mason jars. Place garlic in between florets at bottom, middle and top of each jar. 
  • Fill each jar with cold brine solution and place the lids.* Leave at room temperature and open the lids every twelve hours to let carbon dioxide escape. Taste after 2-3 days and if satisfied with the acidity levels and flavor move to refrigerator. Enjoy for up to 3-4 weeks. 

Vinegar Refrigerator Pickled Cauliflower

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the salt, vinegar, sugar and your choice of spice(s). Lower the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Pack the cauliflower florets and garlic as described above and pour the hot vinegar solution over them. 
  • Let the jars cool down to room temperature, close the lids and refrigerate. Taste in 2-3 days and enjoy for up to two weeks. 


*You may need to press down on the florets a couple of times to accommodate more of them. Be sure brine reaches all the way to the top of jar. 
Nutritional Information is per jar of pickled cauliflower.