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Capers | Pickled Capers | Make Pickled Capers at Home

Sumit Malhotra
Capers | Pickled Capers | Make Pickled Capers at Home - The pickled capers we most commonly eat are flower buds, picked in the morning, before they have time to open. If left to flower, the caper will produce a droplet-shaped berry, which can also be pickled. 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 d
Soaking Time 3 d
Total Time 6 d
Course Condiment, Spices
Cuisine World
Servings 10 people
Calories 23 kcal


  • 100 grams Fresh caper buds
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • Rinse the capers, and discard any with worm holes.
  • Let the capers soak in water.
  • Rinse and replace the water once a day for three days.
  • Prepare the brine mixture of vinegar, water and salt in a jar, and add the capers.
  • Let capers sit in the jar for another three days to let them mellow down.
  • The capers and will then be ready to eat, but also can be left to sit for a longer period of time.
  • Once pickled, store the jar of capers and brine in your refrigerator.


  • You could also add spices and herbs to the pickling brine too, like bay leaves and peppercorns.
  • If pickling the fruit, make enough brine, the same way as above, to cover the fruit generously. Proceed as above, but start tasting only after a week.
  • Don’t be alarmed if little white spots appear on your product. This is a natural enzymatic reaction. This enzymatic reaction leads to the formation of rutin often seen as crystallized white spots on the surfaces of individual caper buds.
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