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Mixed Pickle

ingredients

mixed vegetables (see below)
60 g cooking salt for each kg of vegetables
spicing vinegar (see below)

method

1. Make a selection of available vegetables.

2. Any of the following are suitable: small cucumbers, cauliflower, small onions, French beans.

3. Prepare the vegetables; only the onions need be peeled, the rest should merely be cut into suitably sized pieces.

4. Weigh the prepared vegetables.

5. Put all into a large bowl, sprinkle with the required amount of salt, and leave for 24 hours.

6. Rinse, drain thoroughly, and pack into prepared jars.

7. Cover with cold spiced vinegar, and seal with vinegar-proof covers.

8. Leave for at least a month before using.

to make homemade spicing vinegar

1. Add to 1 litre of vinegar, 5 - 10g of each of the following whole spices: cloves, allspice, cinnamon, white peppercorns, ginger. The smaller quantity will be enough for a mild pickle but for strongly flavoured ones such as onion, the full quantity may be used.

2. Put the spices in a folded cloth and beat them lightly with a rolling-pin to release their flavour.

3. Put the bruised spices into the vinegar and seal the bottle. It may be more convenient to add a double or treble quantity of spices and dilute later with more vinegar, but label the container accordingly if this is done.

5. If time allows, leave the spices in the well-sealed bottle of vinegar for 2 months, shaking daily for the first month.

6. Strain out the spices carefully and re-bottle the vinegar.

to make quick spicing vinegar

1. Add the spices and vinegar to a heatproof bowl and cover with a plate.

2. Stand the bowl in a saucepan of cold water, bring the water gently to the boil and draw the pan off the heat.

3. Leave for 2 hours, taking care not to move the plate or flavour will be lost.

4. Strain the vinegar and, if not required immediately, return to the bottle and seal.

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