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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Getting your Spiced Vinegars ready for Pickling season

Its the time of year where you need to be preparing your own spiced vinegars in time for pickling season giving them a little time to mature and to create that umpff that a really good pickle has.  I have already put my order in for picklers and shallots so really I need to be getting the spiced vinegars in situ and I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that now is really the time to do it if you can allowing enough time for the vinegars to mature. 

Here is a recipe I popped up a little while ago which is one I use on a regular basis.

http://tarragonnthyme.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/standard-spiced-vinegar.html

and here is another link here.

http://tarragonnthyme.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/basic-spiced-vinegar.html

and

http://tarragonnthyme.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/spiced-vinegar-for-pickles.html

It is useful to put some of these up at least on the pantry floor if you can as it means you can get a lovely spiced vinegar ready in advance and then you can just motor and get your pickles done without having to worry.

Its good to be organised and ready - means you can take advantage of beetroot, pickling onions, shallots, red cabbage, pickled cucumber, mixed vegetables to add another dimension to your pantry shelf.  There is also of course pickled eggs.  OH likes these  - I am not so keen and pickled gherkins.  There is of course also quail eggs which add a nice touch to a buffet because of their small size.  They are of course a little pricier but you only need to do them in small jars.

I will also shortly be preparing Picallili.

I buy my vinegar in canisters from the cash and carry but I spice it myself.  However I do like the Sarsons ready spiced vinegar and the added bonus of having a jar for your pickling onions or pickled shallots.  The next step for me will be having a go at making my own.

Catch you later on.

Pattypan

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