Saturday, February 2, 2013

Apple cucumbers

I am growing apple cucumbers for the first time.
I'm not a big cucumber eater, but a few months ago I was buying a few plants from a friend who sells seedlings, and the apple cukes looked so good!
So now I've got some oversized veg...... one of the problems of going on holiday..... Think I'll turn them into pickle!
I've just harvested some onions as well, so here we go!

Alison Holst's Bread and Butter Pickle

2 litres sliced cucumbers (an interesting way to measure them! Alison suggests filling an empty 2litre ice cream container to determine quantity)
.5 - 1 litre sliced onions
.5 cup plain (non-iodised) salt
3 cups wine vinegar
2.5 cups raw sugar
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric
Halve cucumbers lengthwise and remove seeds if watery. (No need to peel.) Slice onions and cucumbers by hand or with food processor. Mix with the salt, leave to stand for 30-60 minutes, then drain and rinse well.
In a large saucepan bring remaining ingredients to boil. Add vegetables and return to the boil.
Fill hot, sterilised jars almost to overflowing. Seal immediately with lacquered metal lids or preserving seals.
Refrigerate after opening.