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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.293 – Bread and butter pickles

    Posted on September 11th, 2015 Janet No comments
    This recipe has been recommended by CSA member Sarah Brown.  It is taken from Rick Stein’s Food Heroes but there are references to these pickles back as far as the Great Depression and earlier.  A great homemade version of gherkins for burgers, cold meats, cheeses and as the name suggests just bread & butter.
    Makes 4 x 450g (1lb) jarswpid-wp-1441288221057.jpeg
    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
    Ingredients
    750g / 1 1/2lb cucumbers
    450g / 1 lb onions
    1 green pepper
    50g / 2 oz salt
    Pickling liquor
    350g / 12 oz light soft brown sugar
    475ml / 16 fl oz cider vinegar
    1/2 tsp tumeric
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
    1/2 tsp celery seed
    Method
    Trim the ends off the cucumbers, scoop seeds with a teaspoon (optional) and cut them into thin slices about 3-4mm thick. Finely slice the onion and slice the pepper. Put the cucumber, onion and pepper in a large bowl and sprinkle over the salt. Cover and leave for three to four hours, or overnight – this will remove excess water and help to keep the vegetable crisp when pickled.  Rinse, drain and dry the vegetables thoroughly.  Put all the remaining ingredients in a large, stainless-steel pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add the cucumber, onion & pepper and simmer for three to four minutes – the cucumber will turn a slight yellowy-olive colour.  Pack into warm, sterilised jars right up to the brim, and cap immediately with vinegar-proof lids. These will keep for a year, preferably in a dark place to preserve the colour. Once opened, refrigerate and eat within three or four weeks.

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