Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sweet Zucchini Pickles

I had a late bumper crop of zucchini and usually I grate it and freeze it for pancakes, but I was on a canning kick, so I decided to try making pickles with them. Zucchini isn't that much different from cucumbers, except that they have way more flavor and can be HUGE!

I got the base recipe from kitchengadgetgirl website. I say base, because I changed it drastically as I am apt to do. Here is my final recipe:

  • 1 monster zucchini (the kind that you find in your garden and can't believe that you missed it for so long!), fairly scar/blemish free
  • 1/2 cup salt in 1/2 gallon water for soaking zucchini
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 quart apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 6 teaspoons mustard seed

Slice the zucchini and onion thinly, about 1/16-1/8in thick. When you hit the part that has well developed seeds, just pick them out and leave the slice as whole as you can. Soak the zucchini in the salt water for about an hour.

While the zucchini is soaking, sterilize your jars (if you are going to can this), mix the sauce and bring to a boil. Drain the zucchini and mix with the onion slices.

Pack the hot jars with the zucchini/onion mix and pour the sauce into the jar so that it covers the vegetables and leaves a little less than an inch head space (just past the shoulder).

Process the jars for 10 minutes using the hot water bath method.

These were much different than the sweet pickles I usually make and I think I just might like them even more.


Sandy said...

Zucchini pickles are the bomb! I used this recipe and made a few tweeks of my own, and the pickles turned out awesome!
I used the brown sugar but added 2 cups of white sugar, 2 Tbsp. of whole cloves and 1 Tbsp. pickling spice.
To keep the pickles from "Floating" to the top of the jar, I cooked the sliced zucchini in the brine for 5 minutes before filling the jars. Cooking the zucchini didn't make the slices soft or mushy, but it did shrink the slices enough to keep them from floating to the top of the jar during the hot bath process.
They turned out beautifully and are very crispy. My husband took some to work and people were begging him to share the recipe!

Sylvana said...

Thanks! I had forgotten about this recipe since I got absolutely NO ZUCCHINI this year!

How much of the brown sugar did you use? Did you use those spices in addition or instead of the ones that I had listed in the recipe?