I am having a really good harvest of zucchini this year and have been looking for ways to use them all up.
I have just learnt from Joan, my very good friend in Canada, that she grates it and freezes it for use in her chocolate zucchini loaf and soups and stews. I have never tried freezing it as I heard it collapsed, as it would so if frozen whole. But I am poised with grater in hand, watching for the next flush of zucchini.
Last week, I made up a huge batch of mustard pickle. Alas I didn’t take enough photos, but once I remembered, I did get a few. I use what ever veges I have on hand and too excess. It’s pretty simple to do. I used zucchini, cauliflower, peppers, onion and beans.
Homemade Mustard Pickle
Make up a brine as follows.
Dissolve 1 cup of salt in 2.2l (4 pts) hot water.
Cut a total of 12 cups of vegetables. we like ours cut fairly fine, but some people like it chunky.
I used 4 cups sliced zucchini, 3 cups cauliflower, 2 cup pepper, 1 cup beans, 1 cup onion. Put veges into a large bowl or pot and add the brine and leave to soak for 12-24 hours.
Measure out 2.2l (2 quarts) vinegar. (i used malt)
Reserve 1 1/2 cups for flour mix below and put remainder into the vege mix and bring to a slow boil.
1 cup flour
4 Tbsp mustard powder or powder seed mix
1 1/2 Tbsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
with the reserved vinegar and mix together to a smooth paste.
Once the veges are boiling, carefully stir in the flour mix and stir until it begins to boil again.
Remove from the heat and carefully fill clean, hot, sterile jars to 6mm from the top. Wipe around the rim with a clean damp cloth and seal with lids. Set aside to cool and they will pop to show they have sealed. This filled 16 recycled jars ranging from 250 to 680 ml jars, and all sealed.
Once cooled, wash the jars, dry and label including date.
Because the jars are hot and vinegar is used in the cooking,and the veges are cooked slightly, there is no need to do any further canning process. I try to keep the pickle a year before it is used, but a minimum of 23 months is recommended. It really does get better with age. I never made any last year due to moving house and I have hated buying preservative filled pickles.
The trick now will be to let them mature before sampling.