cucumber pickle

Today’s Colonial Cravings contribution from the Facebook community comes courtesy of Katy. This is a lovely summery sounding pickle recipe that her granny used to make, which makes it particularly appealing to me because in my world food and memory go hand in hand. Mr Colonial Cravings is often amused by my ability to navigate my way around big cities based solely on things that I might have once eaten there. “Oh I know where we are…that place makes awesome cookies!” is a direct quote. Anyway, enough about my taste buds, over to Katy.
This is my granny’s recipe and the smell of it cooking, as well as the finished pickle, takes me right back to being about six years old. This was a staple on the table for any kind of salad based meal, and also goes beautifully with chicken.

cucumber pickle

Ingredients
900g cucumber
2 large onions
1 large green pepper
25 g salt
300ml cider vinegar
450 grams soft brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 level teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

cucumber pickle

Wash and dice cucumbers (do not peel), then peel and finely slice onions. Dice the green pepper, and add to a large mixing bowl, along with the cucumber and onion. Add the salt, then mix well, cover with a plate and leave for two hours. When the two hours has passed, rinse the vegetables thoroughly under cold running water, drain well and put in a large saucepan. Add the cider vinegar and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the sugar and spices and stir over a low heat to dissolve the sugar. Once dissolved, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.

cucumber pickle

Tip the mixture into a mixing bowl and set aside until cool. Meanwhile, sterilise jars ready to add the pickle. When cooled, add the pickle to the jars, leaving around 1cm gap at the top (I don’t always add all the liquid if it looks too runny). Leave for a month to let the flavours develop. Once opened, the pickle will last for a couple of months in the fridge.

cucumber pickle