Pickled Courgettes

What do you do when your Big Man comes home with about 15 mammoth courgettes and you´re the only one in the house who really enjoys them?  Well, you have to give a few away to a courgette loving neighbour, and then get creative.

The courgette loving neighbour gave me a recipe for her courgette bread which looks delicious and rather like my Banana Bread recipe.  As soon as I´ve made it I´ll let you know how it goes. Then I made some little courgette pancakes, but more of those another time.  And then I thought it was time to tackle some pickled courgettes.

These remind me of special Italian family meals when I was younger – lots of salamis and pickled vegetables as a big Antipasto.  It´s been years since I made them, and I used mustard powder and turmeric which is not so Italian, I have to confess.

I used a recipe I found on the BBC Good Food Website with a few small tweaks.

500g courgettes, very finely sliced (I used a mandolin slicer)

500ml white wine vinegar

140g brown sugar

1 tsp mustard powder (I used Colemans English Mustard)

1 tsp mustard seeds

4 dried cayenne chilies, crumbled (use less if you like)

1 tsp ground turmeric

Sprinkle the courgette slices with salt and then cover with ice cold water and leave for an hour. Drain and pat dry. Meanwhile put the rest of the ingredients into a saucepan and heat to dissolve the sugar and leave to bubble for a couple of minutes.

While the pickling liquid is cooling down a little, pack the courgettes into two sterilised jars, pour the liquid over and seal tightly.

The recipe says to keep them in the fridge and that they will keep chilled for a couple of months.  I have them in the larder which is cool.  They will taste great in a few days, but I had a few slices that wouldn´t fit into the jars which I covered with a drop of the pickling liquid and ate that evening…and they were delicious!


43 thoughts on “Pickled Courgettes

  1. Gee, I haven’t seen pickled zucchi … er… courgette in years. As I recall, they took to pickling quite well and tasted great. Thanks for the blast from the past!

    1. I don´t think they´ll keep beyond a couple of months (and I haven´t made enough to find out!) as I think they´ll go soggy but as it´s something you can buy (if you can´t grow) year round, I may make some more soon!

  2. What a good idea and they look great. In other years I’d have been keen to try it, but this year our courgettes haven’t done well for some reason. This reminds me of when I used to make giardiniera – pickled mixed vegetables for making winter salads….must try that again.

    1. ooh that looks lovely and with my free range eggs, should be fantastic. We still have a good supply of courgettes coming through so should give this a go! (With the pickles on the side 🙂 )

  3. I’ll pass this along to my sister – she’s drowning in courgette/zucchinis. I may get a few and try it myself — looks awfully enticing! Mmmm…

  4. Oh, you have to share the recipe for that courgette bread! Years ago (& I mean years), I had an american friend who made zucchini bread, and it was delicious, but I’ve lost the recipe! Oh, and here in South Africa, we call them baby marrows! 🙂

    1. Will do – I made it but forgot to take photos 😦 but I´ll make it again 🙂 It´s a sweet bread but I also have a savoury recipe with cheese so I must do both when I get a chance.!

  5. Your recipe sounds like a lovely idea and reminds me of what people call bread and butter pickles that are made with cucumbers…especially using turmeric.

  6. Great recipe Chica! In fact, it is an Italian tradition to pickle vegetables in vinegar (sottoaceti), and some in oil(sottoilio). I remember going to a friend in Calabria and her mother would pickle veggies and then served them with those delicious spicy Calabrian salami!! And it was a great idea to add turmeric and mustard seeds since both spices gives more flavor to zucchini!!!

    1. Ooh – those are what we call Dutch cucumbers – I don´t see why not. As they are more delicate than gherkins (like zucchini) I don´t know how long they would stay crunchy for but it would be worth an experiment. I think you could add in any spices as long as you also do the sugar/vinegar mix (although you could use less sugar)…peppercorns, dill, cinnamon, cardammon….anything that tickles your fancy! Am excited to know what you come up with. As to the vinegar, I think anything again would do. The recipe called for Malt Vinegar I think, I used white wine vinegar, my mum uses red wine vinegar…cider vinegar would be good too I think! Big Man really doesn´t like zucchini but he did eat quite a few of these pickles as he said that “didn´t taste all that much like courgettes”!

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