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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

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingStart to finish
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.

Remarks

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

% 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 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: According to the lady on the market who sold me gherkins.
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