courtesy of Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen Rodale Books, 2010
5 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
3 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 pounds baby carrots, peeled, topped, and tailed (see note)
2 cloves garlic
1 hot pepper, such as habanero
1 cinnamon stick
1 fresh bay leaf
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Bring the vinegar, water, salt, and brown sugar to a boil in a large nonreactive pot. Stir to dissolve the salt and sugar.
Place garlic, hot pepper, and spices in each hot jar. Pack the jars tightly with baby carrots. Pour boiling brine over the carrots, leaving ½ inch headspace and making sure the carrots are covered in liquid.
Check for air bubbles, wipe the rims, and either refrigerate or seal by processing for 15 minutes
Note: When prepping the carrots, go ahead and leave ¼ to ½ inch of green stem, but make sure to remove as much grit as possible. This bit of green makes for a snazzy presentation.