Sweet pickled courgettes

sweet pickled courgettes
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This is a wonderful way to preserve your courgette harvest. If stored correctly they will keep for up to a year.

They make a very tasty addition to a ploughman’s lunch, are a great alternative to dill pickles for use on hamburgers and add another dimension to a cream cheese and crackers . . . . . plus once the jar is empty the sweet pickling vinegar makes a wicked salad dressing.



900 g courgettes, thinly sliced
450 g onions, thinly sliced
120 g coarse sea salt
900 ml cider vinegar
300 g sugar
2 teaspoons each celery salt, turmeric, dry mustard, mustard seed, celery seed
1 red pepper, julienned


Place the courgette and onions in a large bowl with the salt and enough water to cover. Leave to soak for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain well and very gently squeeze out any excess moisture.

Bring the remaining ingredients to the boil in a large saucepan. Add the courgettes, onion and red pepper, turn off the heat and set aside for 1 hour.

Return to the heat and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and fill sterilised jars leaving a 2½ cm  gap at the top. Seal and leave to stand for 24 hours then turn upside down for 48 hours. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.

Comments 10

  • yummie, love it. And it makes good use of the courgettes, because ones the harvest starts you need a few ways to use them 🙂

    • You certainly do Torsten. I am always looking for interesting ways to use up courgettes. I will be posting plenty more recipes this Summer I am sure. Watch this space!

  • This is just the recipe I was looking for when I got in from the garden today!
    As usual whatstherecipetoday has exactly what I need. Thanks once again

  • The courgette pickle recipe is really easy and it certainly helps to use the abundant harvest…goes with so many dishes.

  • If, like me, you’re not a lover of courgettes and have planted too many plants, and are at a loss of of what to do with them, give this recipe a go. It’s quick and easy and it tastes fantastic. It’s a great accompaniment with salads or just eat it on its own. It’s given me a reason to plant more courgettes next year! The infusion of flavours is amazing.

  • Thanks for your feeback Bernie. It really is a great recipe to use up a courgette glut.

  • Excellent recipe. Really tasty! I’m going to try a few more of your recipes, some do sound really interesting. Will keep you updated good or bad or indifferent!

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