Pumpkin pickle

    8 hours 35 min

    A deliciously fruity pickle flavoured with warm spices. Pumpkin is pickled in vinegar, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. It's a great way of using up pumpkin when in-season.

    20 people made this

    Serves: 32 

    • 1.8kg peeled pumpkin, diced
    • 1kg caster sugar
    • 1.2 litres distilled malt vinegar
    • 4 cinnamon sticks
    • 15 whole cloves

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:8hr pickling  ›  Ready in:8hr35min 

    1. Place the pumpkin in a large, deep bowl.
    2. In a large saucepan, mix the sugar, vinegar, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Boil 5 minutes. Pour the hot liquid over the pumpkin in the bowl. Cover and set aside 8 hours or overnight.
    3. Strain the liquid into a large saucepan. Boil 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves, leaving a few bits for decoration.
    4. Place the pumpkin back into the liquid and return to boiling. Boil 5 minutes or until pumpkin is transparent but crisp. Allow the mixture to cool. Transfer to sterile jars and refrigerate.

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    very helpful thanks  -  06 Sep 2014


    Just like my German grandmother made! I would add some notes: 1. Do not use carving pumpkin. Use pie or sugar pumpkins - they are smaller and in my area were labeled "pie" pumpkins. Carving pumpkins and pie pumpkins are NOT the same. Right after Thanksgiving, the priced dropped by half. 2. I followed the reciped exactly. You might be tempted to cook longer than five minutes because the pumpkin will not be completely translucent. DON'T do it! 5 minutes at a rolling boil is just right. They will continue to get translucent after removing from heat. This recipe yields a sweet/sour, flavorful, crisp pickle. 3. 5 pie pumpkins = 7+ lbs. of uncooked pumpkin and 8 qts. pickled.  -  17 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Everyone wants this recipe! It tastes great and is something truly different for the Thanksgiving table.  -  25 Nov 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)