Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bread and Butter Pickles ...

Since I have been following Rhonda at Down-to-Earth, every now and again she puts up her recipe for Bread and Butter pickles. I finally thought it was time to give them a go.
Her recipe is here
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I have no idea what possessed me to come home from work on a Friday, after temperatures have been in the 40C's to make pickles but that's what I did!
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I bought this mandolin a few weeks back and it's fantastic. I don't know how I have never had one before. It made quick work of the lebanese cucumbers, onion and capsicum.
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So here are the vegetables with the salt added. I gave them a stir occasionally. This is left for 3 hours and the water that came out of it was amazing. I was wondering how so little pickling liquid would cover all the veggies when bottled but as the water comes out of the cucumbers, the volume goes down significantly.

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This is all the sugar, vinegar and spices that make the pickling juice. These are all boiled together, ready to pop the veggies in.

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The veggies have just been added to the vinegar mix ...
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... And here they are after just two minutes of boiling.
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I got 5 jars out of this batch. I just use ordinary jars that have had jams etc in them. I sterilised the clean jars by pouring boiling water in them and leaving a minute or two. I also submerge the lids in boiling water too. Then I quickly emptied them and filled with the boiling hot pickles. Make sure you pack them in well then pour extra liquid in right up to the top. Quickly screw on the lids and hopefully they will seal well and the little button on the lid will pop down. Four out of the five popped so that fifth jar has gone straight into the fridge. The other 4 are safe to go into my pantry.
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Here is the finished product. They were very easy to make. Rhonda says to let them cure for 3-4 weeks before eating but one lady commented that she couldn't wait that long and they were delicious straight away! I will try them on Sunday with some cheese and biscuits!

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A cool change blew in at around 6pm so it was lovely to throw open the front and back door and pull up some windows to let the breeze in. All week the house has been closed up and curtains drawn closed, I hated being in the dark!

We had a thunder and lightening storm later last night that brought good heavy rain to settle the dust after the wind whipped up from the North in the afternoon. My garage is a mess of dust, twigs and leaves - a job for Sunday!

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We are off to Robe to the Boat & Fishing Festival - dinner will be on a fishing boat moored at the marina. We went last year - here's the link - http://simplyjoolz.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/dinner-dockside.html

I hope this extreme hot weather is over for now, today its going to be about 25C so that should be pleasant.

Stay cool!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Oops, I couldn't wait! Deeeelicious! :)

 

11 comments:

  1. It is a real shame we are not neighbors...I would be knocking on your door about now asking, 'hey Joolz, you wouldn't happen to have some bread and butter pickles I could borrow?' LOL. They look delicious.
    blessings, jill

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  2. they are goood aren't they? where did you buy the mandolin...I'm pretty sure I'd make use of one too especially for potatoes to make gratins etc with
    have a cool week-end
    xx

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    1. I bought it from a homewares shop in Penola. Any good homeware shop should stock them, this one was $18.95.
      I can't wait to try scalloped potatoes using it.

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  3. oh all I can say is yum. That picture makes me hungry. You have the best recipes in blogland lol xx

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    1. Why, thank you! I just love to cook. Unfortunately, this week I am flat out like a lizard drinking! We have one office staff member away and one salesman away which leaves my hubby and yours truly to man the fort! We have 2 couples coming for the long weekend and I don't know how I am going to get everything done before they arrive, Friday evening!

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  4. Yum. I really want to make some bread and butter pickles!

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  5. Yum - they look really delicious! My grandmother used to m ake these and we always loved them. Though I did smile at you making them in the middle of a heatwave!

    I've toyed with the idea of getting a mandolin, but have never got around to it. I make a vegetarian style gratin with lasagne sheets that takes a kilo of thinly sliced carrots. I can tell you that after I've sliced all of that, I need a good lie down with a gin and tonic. I'm thinking that a mandolin would make short work of that.

    I hope you have a great dinner and most of all enjoy the cool change after a week of scorching heat.

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    1. The mandolin would make very short work of those carrots!

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  6. That looks great Jules! You just reminded me I have some in the fridge I made before Xmas so the bikkies and cheese will be coming out shortly! :)

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