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Not Quite Branston Pickle (but pretty good!)

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Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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about 4 x 720g branston jars

Trying to recreate the Original with the ingredients given on the label - can't get the colour but it's a fine pickle nonetheless.

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  • Approx 1.5 kg skinned & chopped toms
  • 1 celery stick, 2 large onions, 2 med. carrots,
  • half a swede, half a cauliflower, 2 apples,
  • 4 fairly large gherkins, big handful dates or prunes,
  • (All of the above finely chopped)
  • handful of sultanas,
  • generous sprinkle of allspice
  • 200g demerara (you could use more - I don't like it too sweet)
  • 500 ml vinegar ( I used half from my gherkin jar & half cider)
  • 1 dtsp lemon juice
  • generous grindings of salt & black pepper


  1. Add everything to large, heavy bottomed pan and bring to boil - then a high simmer for approx 1 hr 30 mins, skimming the scum off as it forms.

  2. Sterilise jars whilst waiting - I always wash in soapy water, rinse and dry, then put in oven on lowest setting for 30 mins or so.

  3. Decant pickle into jars - cool mixture into cool jars or warm mixture into warm jars. Label & leave for at least a month (I reckon) but better two months.

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Jen Howe
5th Sep, 2018
i put gravy browning in it to get it brown looks great
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Allan Graves
19th Feb, 2018
Hi I also have made using the ingredients from the label, I found that adding the mild and tangy HP Fruity Sauce at 2 Tablespoons at a time until you get the desired colour and flavour, placed alongside a bowl of the original it is a very good match