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Sugar free gherkins

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Hotglove, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Hotglove

    Hotglove · Member

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    Hi
    I like pickled gherkins but it is not easy to find the “sour” variety.
    Most jars are so sweet that they are like a dessert, a local firm used to make really clean, sharp tasting gherkins but have now closed down.
    Anybody know of a traditional, sharp tasting product?
    Incidentally, I had a similar problem finding piccalilli that wasn’t like yellow jam and was lucky enough to find Waitrose Essential Mustard Piccalilli, which is not full of sugar, plus has the advantage of a reasonable price.
    Over to you……
     
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    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried making your own?
    I have not done gherkins but have pickled beetroot and cucumber (separately). It is very easy and you can add as much or little sugar as you want. I think gherkins are a type of small cucumbers - there are plenty of recipes on the web.
    As I kid I remember a production line of pickled onions - my Dad would dig up the shallots from the allotment, my brother and I would peel them and my Mum would put together the pickling liquor and sterilise the jars.
     
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    Fenn Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    Just yum ok, just yum... now I’m hungry
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am growing some ridge cucumbers which I could pick when gherkin size. Anyone got a tried and tested recipe to pickle them?
     
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    SlimLizzy Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Can't remember if it was Lidl or Aldi, but they do Cornichons and I believe gherkins without added sugar. Checked the jar in the fridge, but it came from Carrefours so probably no use to you.
     
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    miahara Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    We've not tried pickling whole cucs. But we do make cucumber and onion pickle by thinly slicing cucumber and onions and layering in a jar of malt vinegar. If we've got any dill growing we add a bit of that too.
    We've a lot of cucs coming on in our polytunnel at present so may have a try at pickling some baby ones in white vinegar just out of curiosity.
     
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    Back in lockdown we had some from Asda's Polish aisle online. Have never seen them in a store, only on line.
    The only trouble was they didn't last long once opened as the sugar is a preservative.
    Have a hunt through the ethnic or European aisles of other supermarkets
     
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    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have not had gherkins for a long time because the last lot were soggy and not crisp or crunchy, I stopped buying pickled onion because they were to sweet as well.

    I make my own pickle onions without any sugar in the malt vinegar, I supposed you could make your own gherkins the same way, soak the gherkins over night in a bucket of salt water, drain, put in sterilised pickle jars and cover with white vinegar and spices of choice.

    We used to be able to get a great English piccalilli (forgotten the brand name) which was sharp to the taste, mad cow disease put a stop to importing that here. I have never been able to replicate the taste in all of my efforts to make it.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mad cow disease and piccalili, you lost me there!
     
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    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just to make it clearer for you, food products including piccalilli from the UK were banned when the mad cow disease was rampant there.
     
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    Best piccalilli I have ever tasted was home made by a West Indian lady who ran a B&B that was much-used by travelling steel erectors, absolutely superb (as was all of her cooking)
     
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