Pickled Carrots are a great colorful addition to any dinner table. I love the cinnamon flavor with the carrots in this pickling recipe.
Use a crinkle cutter for a fun look to your jars. I like the pampered chef crinkle cutter because it is rounded and you can roll it to slice your foods. But any one will do. Presentation means a lot you know. Put these in a gift basket with other pickled vegetables for a pickle lover.
Pickled Carrots can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner
This yields about 6 pints.
Gather your canning supplies
Start by preparing jars,and get water in your canner heating. (see Water Bath Canning for full directions)
Cut carrots to desired size. Small carrots may be left whole. Using a crinkle cutter makes your jars look very professional. Just for fun.
You may also make pickled carrots in rounds if you prefer. I like the sticks.
Combine sugar, water, vinegar, and salt. I prefer doing this in a tea kettle. It makes it super easy to pour into my jars.
Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth bag and place in vinegar water solution. Add cinnamon sticks.
Bring pickling solution to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
Simmer carrots until just tender. Do not over cook. You basically just want to be sure they are hot through. They will cook during processing also.
You can simmer right in the pickling solution that you will be making. However here's a tip.... Make your pickling solution in a tea kettle. The kettle makes it easy to pour pickling solution into the jars.
Since I use the tea kettle for my brine solution, I just simmer the carrots in water.
Pack carrots into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. You may need to use tongs at first. After the first jar or two the carrots are still hot but cooled enough to gingerly handle them to fit them in the jar. Try to put several in with fat ends down and then fit them in with narrow ends down.
Remove spice bag and cinnamon sticks from vinegar solution. Cover carrots with hot solution leaving 1/4 inch head space.
Wipe rims clean and place your lids. Process according to water bath canning directions. Use the times listed below.
Water Bath Processing Times
Be sure to use the time listed for your altitude.
Pint jars only, quarts are not recommended
0-1000 ft 15 minutes
1000 - 6000 ft 20 minutes
above 6000 ft 25 minutes