Cucumber Pickles

As cucumber season peaks in our parts, Pip Mag’s own Advertising Manager extraordinaire Peta-Pippa Picked a Peck of Pickles and came up with this delicious recipe for cucumber pickles for you to twist your tongue around. Salting overnight helps these cucumber pickles keep their crunch, making them extra delicious.

  • 7 cucumber large
  • 2 onion large
  • 5 cup white vinegar
  • 5 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbs whole grain mustard (or mustard seeds)
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp vegetable salt optional
  • 1/2 cup salt for salting


Slice cucumber (no thicker than 2cm) and onion thinly. Sprinkle with the ½ cup of salt and stand overnight.


The next day, drain brine off cucumber and onion and discard brine. Give a quick rinse.


Mix together vinegar, sugar, turmeric and mustard


Place drained cucumber and onions into a saucepan, pour vinegar/sugar mix over them and bring to point of boil. Gentle boil for about 5-6 minutes. While they are boiling, sterilise jars and metal lids in the oven in an oven tray. For plastic lids, boil in water for a couple of minutes.


Bottle and seal while hot.

Tips: When the pickles are finished, you can reuse the liquid with more cucumbers! For a longer shelf life, process in a water bath.


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2 thoughts on “Cucumber Pickles

  1. That’s a lot of sugar! Are you sure of those quantities? It’d make for a very syrupy pickling solution.

  2. my gallon zip top sprung a leak halfway through the curing process and I got the added bonus of cleaning up my fridge of meat brine.   So, if you have a container that has a tight fitting lid or a large container that you can wrap with a couple of layers of plastic wrap, then I would recommend that.   You will need to gain access to the meat while it’s curing to either flip or stir the brine, so don’t go too crazy on the plastic wrap.

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