Brining Recipes

Brining is a method of preserving solid foods, especially meat and vegetables for serving later on. A 5 per cent brine solution in the starting point for pickles.


  • 6 tablespoons – sea salt (Maldon)
  • 8 cups/1900mls of water filtered


  1. Prepare the brine solution by combining both ingredients and dissolving the salt with stirring.
  2. Place in a jar with a well fitting lid.
  3. Cool in a fridge.

Sweet and Salty Pickling Brine


  • 3/4 cup/175mls raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar
  • 1 cup/235mls of basic brine solution (see above)
  • 1 – 1½ tablespoons sauerkraut brine. Use a brine collected from this type of product which has not been pasteurised.
  • 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole grain Dijon-mustard


  1. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir thoroughly to ensure the honey fully dissolves.
  3. Pour into a large jar that can be sealed thoroughly and store in the fridge.
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