Pickled Skinny Asparagus Snacks
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  1. Soak the asparagus in ice water for 20 minutes to make them very crisp.
  2. Trim asparagus to fit the jar.
  3. Add asparagus to jar making sure the spears are sticking straight up.
  4. Add all the pickling spices to the jar (garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, dill, dried chilis & chili flakes).
  5. To make the salt water brine: Add sea salt and ½ cup of warm water to a bowl.
  6. Stir until salt has dissolved.
  7. Add the remaining 2 cups of water to the bowl. Wait until the water has cooled to room temperature. If it is cool to touch add the apple cider vinegar.
  8. Pour brine into the jar with the asparagus. There should be enough to submerge the asparagus under the brine. If not, make more brine and add to jar.
  9. Cover the jar loosely with a lid or cotton cloth secured with a rubber band. Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight for 5-7 days.
  10. Once the brine is cloudy, take an asparagus out and taste it. If it smells like pickle heaven and tastes pickly too, they are ready. Store in the fridge. Otherwise leave them out to ferment longer and try them again in a day or two.
You can either use pickling weights to keep the asparagus submerged under the brine or shake the asparagus up every few days to prevent mold from growing on the surface. If mold develops on top, scrape it off. Everything under the brine is totally fine.
Recipe by Fermented Food Lab at https://www.fermentedfoodlab.com/pickled-skinny-asparagus-snacks/