Beary Good Pickled Asparagus

About 5-6 pints

I am not sure where I got this recipe from, but I do believe it was a very old Ball Canning book. It is fool proof and makes wonderful pickled Asparagus, just right for stirring a Bloody Mary or a Ceaser with!
I have made this without salt too and it has a really different (but really wonderful) flavor. No matter which way I make it, it sells out at the Farm Market.



  • 10 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 6 small hot peppers or 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)

Pickling Solution

  • In a big pot, combine:
  • 3 teaspoons dill seed
  • ½ cup salt
  • 4½ cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 4½ cups water


  1. Cut the asparagus spears so they fit into the jars (leaving room for ½” headspace).
  2. Bring Pickling Solution to a boil.
  3. Place one hot pepper or (¼ tsp hot pepper flakes) and garlic clove in each jar over asparagus spears.
  4. Use a ladle or pyrex measuring cup to carefully fill each packed jar with the hot vinegar solution, again allowing ½” headspace. The asparagus should be covered and there should still be ½” of airspace left in the top of each jar.
  5. Wipe rims. Put on hot lids and screw down rings and process in a boiling canner for 10 minutes

About badkowalik

Prepared by hand and cooked in small batches – our preserves are cooked slowly. There is an average of 1.5 pounds of fruit in every 8 oz jar. Not only can you taste the difference – you can see the difference. Beautiful natural color and unmatched textures – that can only be achieved by the patience and experience of the Confiseur (the maker). There is alchemy to what we do. Like fine wines, each season has it’s own specific style. We create preserves with exceptional taste. Capturing these flavors is the craft of our business. Beary Good Stuff is a collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisinally made preserves. The collection is made (in limited quantities) from local fruits using traditional cooking methods. We use the freshest ingredients we can get. The small batch production insures a taste and texture that is unmatched in the commercial market today. The collection includes preserved fruits & vegetables – marmalades, jams, fruit butters & salsas, pickles and gift collections that reflect the bounty of the season and spirit of feasting. Although not necessary yet, we have received a letter from the BC Heath Authority. We submitted a package detailing how and where we made our products, what each recipe contains and how we prepare it. This letter is displayed in our tent at the Farm Market. We have our BC MarketSafe and FoodSafe certifications.

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