Pickled cucumbers

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!

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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

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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.

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2. After the 3 hours, place all the remaining ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer

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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

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4. Cool the mixture in the saucepan and then bottle and seal in jars

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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.



  1. Emma Steendam says

    Wow, I am suitably impressed, you are more Bev than I! Never ventured into the world of pickled cucumbers but yes would make excellent Chrissy presents, especially for my husband’s family KK which calls for three gifts from each person that have to be homemade, homegrown, from the op shop or for charity. Recipe duly noted. Oh and husbands Dutch family also make strange sausage dish which calls for picked cucumbers…winning!

  2. Michelle Fighera says

    I like your idea putting these with a strong cheddar! You could even make a nice ploughmans with these. Beth just wondering if you could (if not too much trouble!) putting these food posts under your recipe tab as I sometimes can’t find them. Just a thought!

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      Of course! All recipes are tagged as such just click on the recipes tab (not the most popular bit though) and they will all come up there. I also try and make the names of the posts as simple as possible so you can always use the search bar on the blog (right hand side) or just google Babymac picked cucumbers for example into your search engine and it should come up. Just double checked that tab and it’s working OK for me…let me know if you have any trouble with it 🙂

      • Michelle Fighera says

        That’s strange as I select the recipe tab and the only drop down is Most Popular….I’ll use the search bar but saying that I forget what I’m searching!! Hehe!

      • With the pickled cucumbers,once they are put into jars do you have to boil the jars after sealing them.If not how long do they last.

        • Hi John, I don’t do that step as they get eaten before then! I usually just leave them in the fridge and they keep for a couple opt weeks (probably longer but they never last that long!)

  3. Gail Virgona says

    You had me at Macca’s gherkins. Yum. Total bogan but I love them. Also, I am growing cucumbers this summer and am expecting a bumper crop because I planted them and surely they should grow. Please let us know if Bev gets any ripper zucchini recipes as I already have about 50 of those growing.

  4. Alli @ ducks on the dam says

    Tomorrow. Doing it tomorrow

  5. Can Santa bring me some for Christmas?

  6. Oh. My. Yum! I flipping love gherkins/dills/pickles/whatever you want to call them. Cucumbers are definitely going to be grown in our future veggie garden!

  7. Does the recipe just make the 3 jars shown?

  8. Lisa Mckenzie says

    Yum that is my favourite part of a Burger from Maccas on the odd occasion i ever go there,once a year maybe,I am so going to make these ,my daughter LOVES them so i will surprise her and make some,Thanks Beth xx

  9. I am SO making these! Thanks Bev! XX

  10. My daughter and I just made these. My showing off photo on FB produced questions about sterilising of jars and does it keep in the cupboard and how long do they keep? Any clues?

    • BabyMacBlogBeth says

      Not really. I sterilised the jars (hot soapy wash and then boiling water) or you can whack them in the oven. As far as storing…again NO idea. I have eaten them so quickly they don’t last that long. I have mine in the fridge but I reckon if you google pickles and sterilising etc you will get a better answer! Well done!

  11. Hi Beth, were these lebanese or continental burpless cucumbers you used?
    They look delicious, cant wait to make these over Chrissy!

  12. Sharon Sweeny says

    Going to give these a go. Love a hand written recipe, don’t forget to put the date on it, I love going through my old recipes and can’t believe how long I have been making some things.

  13. Hey hey hey, I stumbled upon your page and totally set to making theses, atm they are sitting in the water n salt mixture soaking. I grew my cucumbers in the garden and I’m so excited to find yr receive. Thank you. I have now saved your page and look forward to having a Sunday read of it….

  14. Janet Catesby says

    Thank you for such a delicious recipe. I made them with cider vinegar. I now have a craving for them, must have some every day.

  15. Lordy! Just made a batch with our home grown cucumbers and it’s even delicious still warm. Currently enjoying them with a glass of bubbles and some cheese – no dinner needed tonight ??

  16. Shazziebazzie says

    Made these today. So good. Kind of like Maccas pickles but BETTER. On a whole other level. Fresh and with a tiny kick of cayenne. Superb! Thanks for another great recipe Beth.

  17. Just discovered this recipe… Made two batches in as many days. The family is hooked. These truly are the bomb-diggity

  18. My girlfriend gave me a jar of your pickles for Christmas- oh wow! Sooo goood! Just bought the ingredients to do my own batch. Thanks for sharing.

  19. The only google search I do now is baby Mac and then what I’m after and today- gold. I love ya guys bev xxx

  20. henriette rutherford says

    Absolutely love this recipe …been using it for a couple of years and completely no fail ! I am doing it with home grown normal cucumbers from Australia and works a treat..will pass this one on for years to come.
    Thank you


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