I was chatting to my mate Nat at School pick up a few weeks ago discussing really important stuff like what we had been up to during the day. One thing led to another and the next we were talking about dill, and then cucumbers (food is always a hot topic for me) and then it came out that she had been making pickled cucumbers with her Mum that day. So wholesome round these parts! I begged her for the recipe and the next day there was a knock on my door with the recipe AND a jar of her Mum’s finest.
I opened these up and DEAD SET…delicious! These are like the gherkins in a Maccas burger except NOT because these are delicious but I just wanted to give you a flavour reference point. I have found every single member of our family eating these straight from the jar in the fridge over the past week and Daisy is so taken with them that she asked if Santa would bring her some for Christmas. Done my friend!
Diane’s Pickled Cucumbers
1 kg continental cucumbers thinly sliced
400 grams onion (brown) thinly sliced
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
2 cups white sugar
2 cups white vinegar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons freshly chopped dill
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Thinly slice the cucumbers and onion (I used a vegetable slicer/mandolin thingy) and layer them in a large bowl. Dissolve the salt in the water and pour over the cucumber and onion and stand for 3 hours. I occasionally gave it a stir to let the salt water cover the lot.
2. After the 3 hours, place all the remaining ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer
3. After the 3 hours the cucumbers will be very wet so drain them off getting rid of the salt water mixture and then add into the saucepan of simmering mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes over high heat then turn off the heat and set aside
4. Cool the mixture in the saucepan and then bottle and seal in jars
Eaten as is from the jar, on a thick slice of cheddar with a crisp white wine, in a juicy cheese burger…any which way they are AMAZING. Cheap as chips and a perfect Christmas pressie for teachers or the like at this time of year.