Summer Vegetable Garden in a Jar


Summer Vegetable Garden in a Jar

If you've never tried making any Mason jar recipes, you should try this one. It brings the flavors of summer into your home year-round, and these gardens in a jar make the perfect Christmas gifts! Brighten someone's day with the gift of a little bit of summertime.


  • Serve with sandwiches, cold meats and cheeses.


  • Use any left over syrup in cabbage salads.

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  • 4 cups carrots, in 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 cups green beans
  • 10 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup onion rings
  • 4 cups celery sticks (2-inch x 1/2-inch)
  • 4 cups green pepper squares (1-inch)
  • 6 cups sweet red pepper squares (1-inch)
  • 2 cups pickling salt
  • 12 cups water
  • 12 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1/3 cup mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 cups small unpitted black olives


  1. In a large saucepan or preserving kettle, combine carrots, onions, celery, red and green peppers, beans and cauliflower.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and mix well, add water.
  3. Cover with a plate (to keep vegetables submerged) and let stand for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again thoroughly.
  5. In a larger preserving kettle, combine vinegar, sugar and spices.
  6. Bring to a boil, add vegetables and olives.
  7. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  8. Pack vegetables into hot sterilized 1-pint jars; ladle liquid over vegetables leaving 1/8 inch headspace.
  9. Seal and process 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: 20 Pints.

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I love the sound of this. It's got everything in it that I love. Actually, I have most of these plants started for the garden this year. The only thing that sounds off, is the celery. Has anyone tried this? Do you know if the celery gets really mushy, or has a little crunch? I really don't care for mushy celery, so I was wondering about it. Thank you for any help!

I have made this recipe before but never used a waterbath at the end. Does the waterbath boil the vegetables for another 15 minutes and wouldn't they get too mushy?


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