Fresh produce from the garden is wonderful but there are times when you definitely can’t eat it all at harvest time.
This basket of cucumbers was a case in point.
The recipe from a friend has clearly been passed down from an earlier generation.
I tweaked it slightly and will modify it a little more in the future.
3.2kg cucumbers, thinly sliced
2 large onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup salt
5 cups sugar
5 cups vinegar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried celery leaves
Layer the cucumbers and onions. Sprinkle with salt and cover with iceblocks. Allow to stand for 3 hours then drain and rinse thoroughly twice.
Place cucumber, onion, sugar, vinegar and spices in a large pot and bring to the boil. Do not boil the mixture. Turn the heat off and fill sterilised jars. Make sure that they seal before storing.
NOTE: I increased the turmeric and altered the celery salt from the original recipe to match what I had available. Additionally, in future I would reduce the sugar and vinegar to 4 cups of each as there was more liquid than I needed.
In deference to our industrious ancestors, it only seemed right and proper to use these two mixing bowls that belonged to my grandmother and would be around 100 years old. I use them on a regular basis in my kitchen.
The end result is ready to be stored in the pantry for eating throughout the year.