Sweet and sour pickles

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    57 min

    Tasty sweet and sour pickles, great served with sandwiches or as a side dish.


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    Ingredients
    Makes: 5 500ml jars

    • 3kg courgettes, marrow or large cucumbers
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 bunch fresh dill
    • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
    • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
    • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
    • 10 bay leaves
    • For the brine
    • 1L water
    • 235ml double strength vinegar (10%)
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 300g caster sugar

    Method
    Prep:50min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:57min 

    1. Peel veg, scrape out seeds and cut lengthwise into strips. It is best to cut the vegetables into strips of the same height as the jars.
    2. Sterilize 5 500ml jars, and on the bottom of each jar layer an onion slice, a garlic clove and add vegetables. Add a few dill sprigs, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, a few peppercorns, allspice seeds and 2 bay leaves to each jar.
    3. In a pot, combine all ingredients for brine and bring to the boil. Pour into the jars, tighten the lids and boil, covered, for 7 minutes.
    4. Remove the jars let cool, then store in a dark place. Once opened, keep the jar in the fridge.

    Tip

    10% (double strength) vinegar is the standard vinegar in Polish pickles. It can be found in specialty stores and online.

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