Hot Mama Spicy Carrots


2 pints


C = cup
# = pound
T = tablespoon



  • 1 C distilled white vinegar

  • 1 C water

  • 1 T kosher salt

  • 2 T cane sugar


  • 1 # carrots

  • 1 small handful fresh cilantro

  • 1 serrano pepper

  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger

  • 1 T mustard seeds


  1. Wash your mason jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinse, and let air dry. 

  2. In a saucepan combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water and cook over high heat. Once brought to a boil, stir in 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and 2 tablespoons of cane sugar till dissolved. Set the brine aside to cool slightly.

  3. While the brine cools, thoroughly wash 1 pound of carrots, 1 small handful of cilantro, 1 serrano, and 1-inch piece of ginger under cool, running, drinkable water. 

  4. Cut the carrots into desired shapes and sizes, keeping in mind that the thinner and smaller you cut the vegetables, the faster the brine will penetrate them. Thinly slice the serrano and peel and slice the ginger.

  5. Pack the jars with the carrots and divide up the cilantro, sliced serrano, sliced ginger, and 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds across the 2 pints, making sure there is a ½-inch of space from the rim of the jar to the tops of the vegetables.

  6. Pour the slightly cooled brine into the jars, just covering the vegetables, while still leaving a ½-inch of space to the rim of the jar. Gently tap the jars against the counter to remove any air bubbles. Top off with more brine if needed and screw the lids on tight.

  7. Let the jars cool to room temperature and then store the pickles in the fridge. These will taste good after about 24 hours, but get even better after a few days. Enjoy for up to one month! Eat up, Mama!

Recipe By

Michelle Aronson
of Farmbelly

Food Photography

Kendra Aronson

Food Styling

Kendra Aronson

Prop Styling

Kendra Aronson

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