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 those ingredients for: 250 g 500 g 1 kg 1 kg 500 g

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Time required for this recipe:
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36 min.4 hours4 hours 36 min.
Keeping: Several months.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Pickled gherkins : Photo of step #1
Wash the 500 g fresh gherkins thoroughly.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Brush each gherkin under running water to remove all the little "bristles" and give it a smooth surface.

Stage 3
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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.
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Cut off any remaining stalks from the gherkins.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Rinse again, then dry with a tea-towel.

Stage 6 - 3 hours
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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.
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After this time, discard the salty water and rinse the gherkins...

Stage 8 - 1 hour
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...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.
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Pour 1 sprig tarragon and a few peppercorns into the bottom of the jar you are going to use.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
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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 or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

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

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