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Quick Gherkins

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Introduction

Now this is where my pickling obsession started. For all that, it isn’t really a pickle, more of a sprightly salad, but I eat these spikily soused cucumbers just as I do gherkins. Indeed, I like them so much better: they taste much fresher (as, indeed, they would), are less mushy and don’t have that coruscating acid sting. If you can get Lebanese cucumbers, do, as they have much more crunch and flavour, but I have made these as well with regular cucumbers. And I know it might seem unnecessary to use 2 different vinegars, and I am sure white balsamic vinegar is entirely disreputable (I have it in the house, as my son likes it; that’s my excuse) but this combination works, and I’m sticking to it. I dare say if you wanted to, you could use just rice vinegar, in which case up the quantity and add a little sugar.

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Now this is where my pickling obsession started. For all that, it isn’t really a pickle, more of a sprightly salad, but I eat these spikily soused cucumbers just as I do gherkins. Indeed, I like them so much better: they taste much fresher (as, indeed, they would), are less mushy and don’t have that coruscating acid sting. If you can get Lebanese cucumbers, do, as they have much more crunch and flavour, but I have made these as well with regular cucumbers. And I know it might seem unnecessary to use 2 different vinegars, and I am sure white balsamic vinegar is entirely disreputable (I have it in the house, as my son likes it; that’s my excuse) but this combination works, and I’m sticking to it. I dare say if you wanted to, you could use just rice vinegar, in which case up the quantity and add a little sugar.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups
  • 375 - 400 grams Lebanese cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt flakes
  • good grinding of coarse white pepper
  • 2 x 15ml tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 x 15ml tablespoons fresh dill leaves (plus more to serve)
  • 12 - 14 ounces Lebanese cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • good grinding of coarse white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill leaves (plus more to serve)

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Method

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel lengths of skin off the cucumbers so you end up with striped cucumbers, then cut them into long batons and put into a shallow, non-metallic bowl in which you can fit most of them in one layer. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cover with clingfilm and swill everything around, so the cucumbers get a good coating. It may not look like there’s enough liquid, but the batons will give out more liquid as they sit, and their cucumberiness melds with the spiced vinegar beautifully. Leave for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel lengths of skin off the cucumbers so you end up with striped cucumbers, then cut them into long batons and put into a shallow, non-metallic bowl in which you can fit most of them in one layer. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cover with clingfilm and swill everything around, so the cucumbers get a good coating. It may not look like there’s enough liquid, but the batons will give out more liquid as they sit, and their cucumberiness melds with the spiced vinegar beautifully. Leave for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Additional Information

STORE:
The gherkins will keep in a sealed jar in fridge for up to 1 week.

STORE:
The gherkins will keep in a sealed jar in fridge for up to 1 week.

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  • This is such a fresh take on pickled cucumbers. They are easy to make, keep well in the fridge, and are so versatile. If you happen to be making Chicken Shwarma, these make a wonderful accompaniment!

    Posted by joshv41680 on 30th June 2022
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