Here is my recipe, along with the original I based it on and links to more information on canning:
Gingered Sweet Pickled Cauliflower
Makes ~5 pints
12 cups cauliflower florets, 1-2 inch pieces
4 cups distilled white vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 cups thinly sliced sweet onion
1 hot red chile pepper, thinly sliced (I think mine was a cayenne)
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated ginger
The base of this recipe as well as full instructions can be found at the National Center for Home Canning. Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, you should also read Principles of Home Canning.
-After trimming and measuring, wash the cauliflower florets and boil in salted water for 3 minutes for cauliflower. Drain and cool.
-Measure out your mustard seed and place in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast the mustard seeds. You'll know they're done when they start jumping around and popping.
-Add the mustard seeds to a large pot with the other spices, vinegar, sugar, onion, chile, and garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
-Follow the boiling water method timing for your altitude shown on Table 1. For those at sea level using pint sized jars they should be processed for 10 minutes.
-They'll be best if you let the flavors to develop for a few days before consuming but go ahead and eat them as soon as they're cooled off.
[sweet onion, ginger, mustard seed, hot red chile, garlic, turmeric (mostly for color)
and Comet's Tail black pepper (I just think they are pretty)]
The brine after simmering Filling the jars I love the look of cauliflower closeup!
Other pickling related stuff:
I used this recipe for dan koshansky’s refrigerator pickles from A Way to Garden and they were delicious. The cucumbers and dill came from my father in law's garden. (Thanks Papou!) You have to stop in and see the Chinese Red Noodle beans and other cool plants she's growing.
Cincinnati Locavore has a good article, Killer Canning, or How to Avoid Poisoning Anyone. It gives some rules about how to be careful when trying new canning recipes. My personal opinion is that if you find a recipe that looks good but you don't feel like it's trustworthy then make a smaller batch and refrigerate. Then you can eat within a week or two.