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Pickled gherkins

Pickled gherkins

Preparing your own gherkins in vinegar is quite straightforward, if you know how to avoid a few pitfalls. Here's a recipe which works every time.

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Last modified on: August 21th 2013

For 500 g, you will need:

Change for: 250 g 500 g 1 kg 1 kg 500 g

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36 min.4 hours4 hours 36 min.
Preservation: Several months
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #1 Wash the 500 g fresh gherkins thoroughly.
Stage 2
10 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #2 Brush each gherkin under running water to remove all the little "bristles" and give it a smooth surface.
Stage 3
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #3 If you don't have a suitable brush, or if you prefer, you can use my grandmother Jeanne's method: rub them with the corner of a tea-towel.
Stage 4
5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #4 Cut off any remaining stalks from the gherkins.
Stage 5
5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #5 Rinse again, then dry with a tea-towel.
Stage 6
3 hours
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #6 Put the gherkins in a bowl with 300 g coarse salt for 3 hours to draw off some of the juice.

Note: contarary to popular belief, there is no need to soak them any longer than this, as they will start to dry out.
Stage 7
5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #7 After this time, discard the salty water and rinse the gherkins...
Stage 8
1 hour
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #8 ...and soak them for 1 hour in a bowl of cold water. We do this so that the gherkins will not be too salty.

After one hour, drain the gherkins and dry them on a tea-towel.
Stage 9
1 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #9 Pour 1 sprig tarragon and a few peppercorns into the bottom of the jar you are going to use.
Stage 10
5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #10 Fill the jar with gherkins and cover with cold white vinegar (there's no need to boil or even heat it).

Seal the lid and leave to mature for a month before eating.


You can use a different vinegar if you prefer, but if you do not use white vinegar, your gherkins may take on an unusual colour.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
696 gr12 gr0 gr
3 %2 %1 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
61 gr1 gr0 gr
<1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 500 g : 3.36 €

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Source: According to the lady on the market who sold me gherkins.
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This recipe use (among others)
White (spirit) vinegarWhite (spirit) vinegar: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Poached eggs, Fish petals, vegetables julienne, and beurre blanc, Sautéed chicken with leeks, Mackerel Fillets in White Wine, How to prepare cabbage, ... All
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TarragonTarragon: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Béarnaise sauce, Little vegetable omelettes, Spinach fritters, Rillettes stuffed mushrooms, Chicken breasts with tarragon, ... All

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