It says you can keep refrigerated for 2 weeks but I want to keep them for much longer. SHould they go straight into the pickling jars and into storage? Should they go hot into the pickling jars or should I cool them first?
This is a lovely recipe that my mother used to make: Sweet Cucumber Pickle 3 large cucumbers 2 large onions 50 gm salt 600 ml cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar 450 gm granulated sugar 1/2 level tsp ground turmeric 1/4 level teaspoon ground cloves 1 tbs mustard seed
Thinly slice cucumbers; peel and thinly slice onions. Arrange in alternating layers in mixing bowl sprinkling salt between each layer. Cover with weighted plate and leave for at least 3 hours. Then pour away the salty liquid and thoroughly rinse and drain the vegetables. Put vinegar, sugar and spices in saucepan (nb the turmeric is vital otherwise the pickle will be grey rather than a bright green colour). Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cucumber and onion, bring to boil and boil for 1 minute only so vegetables remain crisp. Using perforated spoon transfer the vegetables and mustard seed to preserving jars. Return the liquid to the heat and boil rapidly for 10 minutes to reduce liquid and concentrate flavour. Pour this syrup over the vegetables (there should be enough to cover them. Cover tightly when cold. No need to keep in the fridge unless you have opened the pot.
Yes, put ingredients in hot and leave until cold before covering - you need to use a proper lid or kilner/la favorite type jar rather than the cellophane that you can use for jam. Alternative is a cork top, but then you need to first boil the cork and then put a layer of greaseproof paper between the cork and the jar. It never lasted long in our house so probably long term preservation isn't necessary!
I've got jars that have the rubber ring between the jar and lid and the metal bit that you pull down to seal the jar tight - like the funny old beer bottles - just checked on Wikip, they are kilners. It will need to last at least until christmas I think.
Lovely! We were camping near Lucerne a couple of weeks ago and I met an English woman with her 2 girls in the playground who has just been to Grindelwald, would be the thread of strange things happening if it was you....o!