Updated: Dec 14, 2022
There is no better way to preserve abundant zucchinis than some good jars of pickles!
Any backyard veggie growers know that all varieties of summer squash are a must as they are such easy-growing plants. Courgettes (zucchinis) and button squash are extremely high-producing crops and very versatile vegetables that can be cooked in many different ways, even desserts. You can have them for everyday meals most of the summer, swap with friends and neighbours, and try some preserving recipes. This was a revelation when I discovered zucchini pickles in a pickling workshop a few years back. They can be made the same way as cucumber pickles and I reckon they are much better as the texture is firmer. All summer squash varieties can be sliced and packed in a jar with brine and spices, lasting for a year if processed and stored properly. Every season I use a recipe that I adapted to my taste from this workshop. Mustard and caraway seeds, turmeric and black peppercorn give those pickles a unique taste and look. Homemade pickles can be served with anything: on a grazing plate, on the side with salmon pie, topped on a bagel or bread with cream cheese, in burgers, and in sandwiches. The excess pickling brine can be used to make a salad dressing and quick fridge pickles.
Summer burgers with garden courgette pickles © Bottle and Brush Studio 2021
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