How does my garden grow? Odds and Ends

Zucchini Pickles


As requested by Metan, this is the recipe for zucchini pickles (originally from Beverly Sutherland Smith). It is one of a number of zucchini recipes I have, because if you have ever grown them, you know that you need A LOT of recipes.

(I often muck around with quantities, and add or subtract ingredients, depending on what I have available. So follow the process, add what you appeals to you. Chillis would be a good addition — but not too many!!)

  • 3 medium white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 kg zucchinis, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of white wine vinegar (I also added malt vinegar this year)
  • 250 gms white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Put onions and zucchinis in a bowl. Add salt and cover with water. Put a plate on top to weigh down the zucchinis. Leave for 2 hours and then drain.

Put all the remaining ingredients in a large saucepan and slowly bring to the boil until the sugar has dissolved. Tip in zucchinis and onions. Stir, pushing the vegetables under the liquid. Heat for one minute, remove from the heat and cool completely.

Bottle into sterilized jars and leave for a few hours before eating. The pickles are best eaten within 3 months, but they are usually eaten way before that in our house. Store in the fridge. Delicious with biscuits and cheese.

I sterilize jars by boiling them in a large saucepan for about 10 minutes. It seems to work, as no one in my family has died from food poisoning. But then maybe my family have strong stomachs! It may pay you to do some of your own research on the best method.

Next recipe coming up will be the pickled cherries — I promise!

5 replies on “Zucchini Pickles”

Thanks 🙂 I have 6 plants growing (and more popping up every day) in a wild bit of veg garden that look suspiciously like zucchini so this recipe might come in veeeery handy!


I know what you mean, my FIL is a mad vegie garden bloke, if we go to visit in zucchini season we always have a giant one foisted upon us!
Since I commented four more plants have sneakily appeared. I expect we will have so many of whatever they turn out to be that we will be heartily sick of them soon enough!


Sounds or is that reads delicious Anne!! Haven’t had the best of luck with past pickling endeavours, but must try this – fingers crossed 🙂


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