Friday, 27 September 2013

How to Make Frugal Piccalilli (Stage 1)

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How to Make Frugal Piccalilli – It’s Frugalilli!

With a mountain of cucumbers and a fridge full of vegetables needing used, what better way to try preserving some vitamins in a tasty snack than to get them pickled?

Simple recipe that I hope works and an overnight salt bath for the vegetables… read more


  1. Cucumber pickle
    • Cucumbers, unpeeled and cut into thin slices
    • 1 or 2 small onions, sliced and separated into rings
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 2 cups white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup pickling salt
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon celery seed
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
    1. Fill an empty 1 gallon bucket with cucumber and onion slices.
    2. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for several minutes.
    3. Pour over cucumbers and onions.
    4. Stir and let cool.
    5. Cover and store in refrigerator. (Will keep for months, if they last that long!)
    6. They are ready to eat when they change colour.

    This is one I use regularly, ideal with meat or cheese sandwiches.
    I don't bother with the celery seed or mustard seed, just put it in jars.

    1. Thanks for that, I'll add it into the forum for the others - does table salt or cooking salt substitute for pickling salt? As per the blog post, I already have pickled cucumbers but this is a handy recipe to have. :) No water used in this one at all?

    2. I just use ordinary salt, no water.

    3. Thanks for that info. :)

  2. I have made picallili to I use Delias recipe which is very similar to yours and everyone loves it, I do the cheffy chopping ......of i find you get more in the jar that way ;)

    1. Just about to make mine up, will let you know how it turns out and how many jars I get. :)

  3. Liverpool recipe
    675 cauliflower
    450 small onions
    350 french beans
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    1 teaspoon mustard powder
    2 teaspoons cornflower
    600 vinegar

    Put turmeric, mustard, cornflower in a pan, pour in vinegar
    Stir, boil for 10 mins
    Add veg, simmer for 45 mins
    Jar and seal

    1. Thanks for that. I just hope I have simmered mine for long enough. Wouldn't like to wait a fortnight then find out it's runny.


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