Getting Pickled – Butter Pickles or Pickled Courgettes

Anyone that grows their own veg will understand that feeling when your Courgette plants are growing faster than you can eat them.


Today, I am making some pickled courgettes to have with Cheese, or on a burger etc. These are known as Butter Pickles in America as they are so good you can have them with just bread and butter 🤗

Its such an easy recipe, very frugal and they taste delicious.


We have 2 Courgette plants in the garden, and we pick at least one a day from each plant, but after some rain they can shoot out many more 🤗


I start by finely slicing the courgettes, and a small onion, these go into a large bowl to be brined, cover the veg with cold water and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Leave for at least an hour, this forces out moisture from the courgettes and makes it crunchy when pickled.


In a pan, add 500ml of vinegar, I am using Aldi White vinegar at 39p a bottle, but you can you cider vinegar, which is more expensive, but is a lovely mellow flavour.


To the vinegar, add 100g sugar, a teaspoon of mustard powder, a quarter teaspoon each of mustard seeds, chilli flakes, turmeric and celery seeds


stir together bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes ensuring the sugar has dissolved – leave to cool till warm not hot.


Drain and rinse the courgettes and dry as much as you can, I used a clean tea towel.


Pop into sterilised jars, and top up with the vinegar. Kilner Jars are lovely but expensive, I live the Aldi Jam Jars which look like Bonne Mamon ones, but half the price.


Leave for a few days, they taste best from the fridge – unopened they will last a couple of months, which is great to stretch seasonal Veg out 👍


I have also ‘flat’ frozen some of our herbs, coriander


And Basil


Simple, snip, wash, dry and pop into a freezer bag as flat as possible and freeze overnight, when frozen shake down in the bag and seal – easy and herbs on tap 😇



Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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