The bright salty tang of pickling brine accents the mild onion flavor of leeks to create a new twist on traditional pickles that pack a delicate crunch and explosive flavor. Quick pickled leeks, the recipe for which was inspired by The Preservation Kitchen, are ready within 24 hours, while traditional pickling takes approximately three weeks. The traditional pickle brine recipe was inspired by The Georgian Feast. No matter which method you choose, once you have the basic pickling procedure down pat, you easily can customize your recipe.
Use one of the following methods to add or alter the flavor of pickled leeks:
Herbs and seasonings: Use any combination of strong spices that suit your palate. Food blog serious eats recommends using a tablespoon of each spice you choose, which may include peppercorns, bay leaf, whole chiles, fresh dill, fennel, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, garlic cloves or cumin seeds.
Vinegar: In addition to using more or less vinegar to increase or decrease the tang of pickled leeks, you also may use a different type of vinegar for a fast way to change the flavor. Try new, high-quality vinegars such as citron vinegar or an infused vinegar in addition to your less-expensive vinegar to add complexity to the flavors. Food blog Food Republic recommends making your own fruit-infused vinegar by chopping fruit that’s gone beyond its prime, adding it to vinegar, heating the mixture and letting it steep for about two days. Use the fruity vinegar to pickle leeks with a hint of sweetness.