In order to shorten the time on prep for this, I followed another recipe's instructions and, after the first couple of soaks, I simmered it all in the vinegar mix (I put the spices in a bag first) for 20 minutes, then canned it. I would not recommend canning this way. Water bath in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. I used some zucchini and 1 cup of brown sugar with 1 tsp stevia. It is tart and tasty.