Giardiniera (pretty pickles)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 kilograms Small carrots (2cm diam)
1 bunch Celery
4 Capsicums
1 large Cauliflower (1 kg)
1 kilograms Small white onions, peeled
1 cup Salt
4 litres Cold water
2 litres White vinegar
¼ cup Mustard seed
2 tablespoons Celery seed
3 Dried chillies
500 grams Sugar

1. Peel carrots, cut in half lengthwise then into 4cm (1½ inch) long pieces. Cut celery into similar sized pieces. Remove seeds from Capsicums and cut into 2cm (¾ inch) strips, 4cm long. Break the cauliflower into 4cm flowerets. Dissolve the salt in cold water.

Dissolve the salt in cold water. Cover the vegetables with this brine and leave overnight. A clean (new) plastic bucket is a suitable container. After 12-18 hours drain the vegetables, rinse in cold water, and allow to drain again.

2. Select jars with glass or enamelled lids. Wash and rinse well, then dry in a warm oven, 100 deg C.

3. In a large enamel or stainless steel pan combine vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, chillies and sugar. Boil for 3 minutes and then add the carrots and onions and boil for 5 minutes. Fill the warmed jars with hot vegetables and top up with vinegar to within 1cm (half inch) of rim. Close lids firmly.

Makes approx 3 litres.

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