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Best ever pickles ?

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Well that time of year again just peeled 8 kilo of English shallots all peeled at last and starting to put in jars ready in time for Christmas 

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Looks to be just in time for Boxing Day with cold meat and mash!

Do you have a personal recipe?

Terry

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Hi terry and moorlander,

Ok ,I'd love to claim this as my own but wife's mothers recipe,

1/shallots purchased on line from "Parrish farms" medium English shallots ,if these are medium glad I didn't go for large! £7.49 for 4kg

method

1/ peel shallots and cover in brine  ,1tbl spoon salt to 1 pint water cover bowl with a plate to ensure they stay fully submerged, for 24 hrs, drain but do not rinse!

2/ dry between tea towels when fully dry pack into jars tightly!

3/we use sarsons classic malt pickling vinegar heat gently in pan but do NOT! Boil, add sugar at a ratio of 7dessert spoons sugar to 1ltr of vinegar/ if you prefer a bit more kick add 3 dried red chillies and half  tsp of mustard seeds, 

4/ allow sweetened vinegar to cool fully then pour over onions ensuring they are completely submerged ,

5/ wait around 6-7 weeks and that's it ,

as you say cold meats on Boxing Day bubble and squeak ect, 

tend to have ploughmans lunch strong black bomber cheddar crusty bread Saturday lunch drool! Good luck 

 

 

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Thank you, will try this.

Do like a ‘bite’ to the pickles, my old man  made great pickled onions using his mother’s method - but it died with him :(

T

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Yeh my old man always did the pickles weird that must have been a bloke thing ,these are cracking, never quite got pickled cabbage right though

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I've been making pickles and chutnies for several years, I use a similar recipe to you, but I jar mine up when the vinegar is still a little warm, put the lids on and invert them to create a vacuum.  With moving from a 3 bed terraced house to a bungalow, I've not had the time or the space recently, that will be resolved next year.  Over the years, I've made them with a 50/50 mix of pickling vinegar and balsamic, very tasty. I've also made red cabbage, apple and ginger chutney, a very moorish apple and red chilli relish, beetroot and ginger chutney, a spicy chilli picalilli and several other blends, my family look forward to getting them as christmas presents, I've never had any complaints...............yet!

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Apple and chilli chutney sounds good ,mine just a month old now so might dip in next week just to try!

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On 10/21/2018 at 8:18 AM, terryh said:

Looks to be just in time for Boxing Day with cold meat and mash!

Do you have a personal recipe?

Terry

I have for Mash

It's a N Ireland recipe called "Champ" and family favourite and I still love it

Boil up your favourite spuds, mash them up and mix in a generous knob of butter (Kerrygold for me)

Chop up a bunch of spring onions (Scallions as we call them)

Put these in a small saucepan with just enough milk to cover, bring to the boil and mix in with the mash

Serve with extra butter on the side

Bloody delicious and you can thank me later 😛

Looks like this

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Also perfect for Bangers 'n' Mash

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Bit similar to colcannon good with roast dishes and me fave bangers and onion gravey👍 bradders

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Mark,

I'll give that a try - not too sure on the impact of my current diet though? 

T

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