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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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