Collected by Christian Alfaro

This is the recipe used during the Hull House Museum's Preserving Peace Dialogue. Museum visitors have the option of scheduling a dialogue (Immigration, Social Change, or Preserving Peace) which is an hour long conversation that takes place in the Residence Dining Hall. Preserving Peace is a facilitated hands on dialogue where the conversation happens while pickling some fresh vegetables. We talk about ways we preserve communities, culture, and food. I've facilitated a few of these pickling dialogues and it is really interesting to hear the diverse stories and experiences that folks share.


  • Ball Jar(s)
  • Tablespoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Knife


  • Cucumber(s)
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Dill
  • Pickling Spices
  • Serrano Peppers
  • Garlic 
  • Salt
  • Sugar 
  • Water
  • Vinegar


  1. Wash the veggies and herbs. Cut the veggies in long strips or disks and place them in the ball jar. 
  2. Add a couple sprigs of dill and 3 cloves of garlic. For the perfect amount of heat, add 2 serrano peppers sliced.
  3. Add a tablespoon each of salt, sugar, and pickling spices.
  4. Fill 1/4 of the jar with vinegar and the remaining 3/4 with water. 
  5. Seal the ball jar and shake.
  6. Leave in the fridge overnight and it will be ready the next day.

Note: The longer you leave it to pickle, the stronger the flavor will be. The pickling juice will last up to 3 months, so once the pickled veggies are eaten, cut up some more veggies and put into the jar.