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Bread and Butter Pickle
Mon 5-Sep-11
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Oulton Broad
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Hello everyone.  I have just registered so I am finding my way around this site. From waht I seen so far it looks incredibly useful.

 

I want to make some 'Bread and Butter pickle' but the recipes I have googled are all USA cups and stuff and some ingredients we don't have here, and I don't want to make gallons of the stuff (though C***tmas is on its way).

 

Does anyone know a recipe beyond the starting point of sliced cucumbers and sugar and not enormous quantities?rose

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I think I do, but have to go out for a couple of hours - I'll get back to you as soon as I've located it.  Big Welcome too!  

I'll try that again!

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Welcome to the forum. I have never made them but I do know they stay crisper if you include a vine-leaf on top of them in every jar. So If you don't have a vine ask around your friends for a supply.

 

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Mon 5-Sep-11
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Really? That's interesting! I wonder why.

 

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It seems to have something to do with the tannin in the leaves.....I found this recipe for doing it & using other leaves as well. I think the leaves also help to keep the cucumbers below the brine.

http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/2009/08/17/summer-i.....r-pickles/

 

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Ah ha, that sounds very possible, Hattie.

 

Oh, OT I know, but every time I go to post a message, it tells me to do the math! Have we started dropping the 's' like they do in America?

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welldone  Well done everyone!  star star to all who contributed.  Sansho, this site has always asked for it without the 's' at the end.  Disconcerting for Britishers isn't it?

I'll try that again!

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Thank you everyone, I'll check out those websites - and let you know how I get on.
As I'm vineless do you think a fig leaf would do the trick?!

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A fig leaf will add a definite figgy flavour to it. I have about 6 fig bushes in my patch, alas somewhat unfruitful, but the leaves are very useful. Try wrapping chicken pieces in them and roasting them in the oven, or pieces of salmon wrapped in them. Simply delish! If you have a fig tree, do try it!

 

I am so addicted to this that at the end of the summer, when the fig leaves are about to fall, I gather the best ones up, and dry them to use in the winter. Just soak them in warm water until they become pliable and wrap away.

 

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Very interestin info on the fig leaves Sansho¦¦I never thought of drying them. I have a dehydrator so I will have a go. My fig trees are fairly young & have suffered badly in the last two very cold winters; no fruit this year but fairly large leaves on one of them.

I often line an unglazed (but soaked in water ahead of time) casserole with vine leaves, covering over with more leaves & cook chicken with largish mushrooms packed round the bird. I put lots of thyme & rosemary in, along with shallots & garlic. It tastes wonderful as the mushrooms make a great gravy & the chicken gets a nice crispy skin, You don't eat the leaves as they dry out completely; they give the whole dish a beautiful flavour.

 

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I found this article on how to stop your fruit or vegetables from floating upwards & exposing themselves at the top, causing spoilage.

 

How to stop pickles and fruit from floating when preserving

 

Does anyone remember being able to buy a plastic device that you slipped into the jar after filling. It held the fruit down under the syrup or vinegar. I used to have some & they worked very well but I can't find them. Are they still sold? Anyone seen such a thing?

 

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Hattie, I put marbles on the top then screw on the lid. Works wonderfully! (Good idea to count them so you get them all out!)

 

I do some marbleous things with marbles! The idea I am proudest of is, I put marbles into washing up liquid bottles and pump hand soap bottles. Makes the base nice and heavy so they don't keep falling over. (Maybe yours are better behaved than mine, but when mine are getting empty, they start falling over).

 

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Those are brilliant ideas Sansho.   Hmmmmm, now where did I put that jar of marbles. Can you still buy new glass marbles ? My grandmother used to use well boiled pebbles now I come to think of it. You saying that jogged my memory.

 

So strange to think I am now as old as my grandmother was when she died. I still miss her so much, she was a wonderful woman who had a few tough life. She raised 10 children, but only had 3 grandchildren. She taught me so much.

 

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Oulton Broad said:

Thank you everyone, I'll check out those websites - and let you know how I get on.
As I'm vineless do you think a fig leaf would do the trick?!

My recipe uses oak leaves and for the same reason, the tannin in them and easier to find than vine leaves I thinkcheers

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