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Its pickling season. Anyone started yet?

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My first of the year is an Indian recipe found online, using oranges. sounded great, but bits were missing so i've improvised. Its bubbling away as i type and so far its very promising. Plenty of chilli. Mustard seeds and whole cumin.

Oh! i forgot, made my bread and butter pickles. Firm favourites, using my stash of corn syrup i bring back from America whenever we're there. ( I've 3 litre bottles of Krogers to get through and i cant use it all on my bacon on a Sunday morning no matter how much i try.

I love pickles made with corn syrup, but i want to experiment with deep and dark flavoured sugars, so i'm scanning the web for ideas, as my books are all fairly traditional british.

BTW, We can buy the equivelant commercially made pickles, relishes in the UK that are sold in the US, but they omit the ubiquitous corn syrup and use just sugar. The taste is totally different, Hence my Krogers stash.

My garden crops are all doing well, so i'm searching for ideas for the inevitable glut of produce

I'm looking for something exciting to do with zuchinis...pickle-wise
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post #2 of 7
our first refrigerator batch is all but gone!
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It's far from pickling season here (miserable cold and wet) but with the zucchinis, you could do them in an anti-pasto style, grilled with spices of choice, then jarred covered with olive oil. Could add some charred red capsicum with them too, served chilled on an antipasto platter with all the usual suspects and a nice ciabatta bread.

Or if you like oriental cooking, try making some chinese type zucchini pickles as an accompaniment (Google should have lots of recipes).

Depending on how much freezer space you have, grated zucchini makes a good keeper for soups in the cooler months.

There is a good thread in the gardening forum from roughly a year back about dealing with a glut of zucchini which is worth a look. One on chillis too -be adventurous and make a ristra of dried chillies to hang :)
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post #4 of 7
Mango pickle...mmmmm....the best thing imagineable!
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I like pickled cucumber. For Indian pickles, I prefer mango pickle marinated in sesame oil.
post #6 of 7
The growing season here has been way to cool so far. Lots of blossoms but no cucumbers yet. This year I also planted 2 hills of squash and 1 of pie pumpkin.
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just made a small batch from a wartime recipe. - marrow and ginger jam Thought it might be a bit bland so i added some granny smiths apples and used crystalised ginger as well a powdered. added twice the lemon juice and rind too.
Turned out nice, great texture, but still needs a kick. I'll think on...

Our Lidl supermarket has a fabulous price cut on huge ripe tomatoes, ( loads of flavour) so it'll be ketchup tomorrow, unless i can thnk of something more interesting
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