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Wintertime Pickles, Jams and Preserves

Posted by: on Dec 7, 2015

Many of us think of the height of summer as prime time for canning, but there are plenty of savory and seasonal goodies to put up during the colder months. Root vegetables like turnips and beets are plentiful, as are alliums like onions, garlic, and shallots. These recipes are wonderful to have on hand for quick and flavorful meals, holiday entertaining, or as presents for foodie friends. Most recipes are easily adaptable for either a few jars to put in the fridge or a bevy of small gift jars to hand out.

To find ingredients for these recipes in the winter months, you can visit us at our various Winter Farmers’ Markets, join our Deep Winter CSA, or order winter produce in bulk for discounts.

Note: Please read each recipe thoroughly– some are meant only for refrigeration and are unsafe for canning and long-term storage. The National Center for Home Preservation Resources has some great tips for food safety when making holiday gifts.


Before you start, check out this guide for the lowdown on pickles and fermentation, and here’s a very adaptable recipe for pickling spice.


Canning Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets with Honey


Japanese Pickled Daikon (Tsukemono)– In Japanese cuisine, pickles are considered a palate cleanser between dishes.

Sweet Pickled Daikon

Indian Daikon Pickle (Mooli Ka Achaar)

Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot (Do Chua)– This quick traditional pickle is a staple of banh mi sandwiches.

Multi-Colored Carrot and Radish Pickle– Instead of the green radish in this recipe, try it with white daikon or colorful watermelon radishes.

Pickled Watermelon Radish– You can adjust the spiciness of watermelon radishes depending on how thick you slice them. This would also be good with black radishes, which are typically the spiciest of winter radishes.

Carrots and Parsnips

Simple Pickled Carrots

Pickled Mexican Hot Carrots

Small Batch Pickled Parsnips

Pickled Parsnips & Pickles


Shredded Kohlrabi Pickle– This one is fascinating! Almost like coleslaw, nice and crunchy.

Turnips and Rutabagas

Cabbage and Turnip Turshi with Curry

Lebanese Turnip Pickles

Spicy Pickled Rutabaga

Pickled Rutabaga Strips

Alliums (Onions and Family)

Sweet and Sour Pickled Red Onions– Inspired by the classic bread and butter pickle.

Pickled Onions with Tarragon and Allspice

Pickled Garlic– Great for chopping up and finishing off veggie dishes. The spiciness of raw garlic is tamed by vinegar, so the flavor shouldn’t be too strong to eat on its own.

Pickled Ginger– More than just a sidekick for sushi! Not an allium, but hey.

Winter Squash

Pickled Butternut with Sage and Cardamom

Middle Eastern Spiced Butternut Pickle– With lemon, coriander, cinnamon, rosemary, and cloves.

Lacto-Fermented Squash– Probiotic and delicious.

Krauts and Kimchi 

Mirepoix Kraut– This kraut uses the classic French base of carrot, onion, and celery along with herbs like thyme, sage, and bay leaves. Try replacing the celery with celeriac root for a similar flavor but totally seasonal.

Small-Batch Sauerkraut– For when one jar is just enough.

Quick Bok Choy & Radish Kimchi

Cabbage Harvest Story and Sauerkraut Recipe – from the farm!

Savory Jams

These delicious spreads are wonderful with crackers, on a cheese plate, as a topping for burgers or sandwiches, with potato dishes, or in tarts.

Savory Onion Jam – with red wine, thyme, and balsamic vinegar. I would recommend putting in the black pepper to taste, as 1/2 tablespoon is quite a lot. Very tasty mixed with sour cream for a dip! And lots more uses that I haven’t tried yet.

Onion Marmalade– With black mustard seeds, ginger, and coriander.

Balsamic Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam– You really can’t go wrong when you combine these classic flavors.

Shallot Bacon Jam– C’mon… it’s bacon!

Garlic Jelly


Sweet Preserves

Carrot Jam – try making it with purple carrots, as it turns a beautiful red hue when it mixes with the lemon juice.

Apple-Ginger Jam

Carrot Cake Jam– Surprising and fun! Would be delicious on crumpets or muffins.

Spiced Pickled Pears– A nice twist on a popular holiday fruit.

Sweet Potato Butter– With apples. Perfect for slathering on toast!