Crunchy courgette pickle
- Preparation and cooking time
- Makes 1 litre
Try this fresh, sharp pickle with cold poached salmon, burgers off the barbecue or just buttered bread
For the pickling liquid
- STEP 1
Thinly slice the courgettes using a sharp knife, mandolin or slicing blade on a food processor. Put in a bowl with the shallots and sprinkle over the salt. Cover with ice-cold water, stir to dissolve the salt and leave for 1 hr. Drain the courgettes thoroughly and pat dry using kitchen paper or tea towels. If they stay too wet, the water will dilute the pickling solution.
- STEP 2
Meanwhile, put the pickling ingredients into a pan and bring to a simmer. Bubble for 3 mins, making sure the sugar has dissolved, then leave to cool until warm but not hot. Add the courgettes and stir.
- STEP 3
Scoop the mixture into 2 x 500ml sterilised jars (see below to find out how to sterilise a jar). Seal and leave for a few days in the fridge. Kept chilled, these will keep for a couple of months.
HOW TO STERILISE YOUR JARS
Wash them in hot, soapy water, then dry in an oven heated to 170C/150C fan/gas 3 for at least 10 minutes. Always ladle pickles, jams and chutneys into jars while the jars are still warm.