Dear Family & Friends
Been waiting for the cucumber plant to give me decent cucmber for pickles...Hmmm...lots of flowers and tiny developing fruits but it seems they're taking ages to come to a decent size!... So, I resorted to do pickles with the zuchinni or courgette instead. Silly me planted about 5 courgette plants and they're now bombarding me with enormous fruit as we have had a few rainy days recently!
We never had courgette pickles...just knew it had to be cucumber...but not anymore:) So, I'm very excited to share with you my discovery of making courgette pickles:)
1 pound courgette (about 4 medium) Sliced thinly
1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. mustard seeds, crushed*
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. turmeric
First make the brine. Bring the cider vinegar, sugar, salt, crushed mustard seeds, dry mustard, and turmeric to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and let cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl, and let cool until just warm to the touch.
Once the brine is cooled, add the courgette and onion slices. Stir to combine. Transfer the mixture into 3 pint jars. Refrigerate at least one day, and it will keep up to 6 months.
Believe me, it's so good..ours don't stay for more than a day...not unless I go and hide them...but there's no point in doing that at the moment... for I just go and pick some from the garden and make some more! It's so simple and easy to do:)
Hope you try doing this too...specially when fresh courgette are in season. Enjoy!