Cucumber pickle

Guy Watsons cucumber pickle is made with cucumbers, onions, salt, vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, cloves and turmeric a simple recipe thats great for picnics, sandwiches or served with cheese boards
Cucumber pickle
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  • Serves: makes 6 300g jars
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 2 hours salting
  • Effort: easy


  • 1.5 kg cucumber, sliced very thinly, using a mandolin if possible
  • 700 g onions, halved and sliced very thinly, using a mandolin if possible
  • 80 g sea salt
  • 500 ml cider vinegar
  • 350 g granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a few whole cloves
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric

Tips and Suggestions

Store in a cool dark place and use within 12 months, put in fridge after opening and eat within 3 months.

Dont be surprised if you end up with more than fits in 6 jars, any leftovers can be kept in the fridge to be eaten over the next few days.

A little word of warning about turmeric- this spice easily stains skin, plastic and clothing so keep it away from all three.


1. Layer the cucumber and onion in a colander over a bowl, sprinkling with the sea salt as you go. Weigh them down with a plate and leave for a few hours. Rinse the vegetables well to get rid of the salt and drain off the liquid in a colander.

2. Combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, cloves and turmeric and mix in a pan. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.

3. Add the well-drained cucumber and onion mixture and bring back to the boil for 1 minute. You may need to do this in several batches if you dont have a big preserving pan. Mix well so the spices are evenly distributed and using a slotted spoon, transfer the mixture to sterilised jars, leaving the liquid in the pan.

4. Bring the liquid back to the boil and simmer until slightly reduced for about 15 minutes, then divide it between the 6 cucumber-filled jars, filling them to the brim.

5. Put on the lids and label jars with the contents and date. The cucumbers will be ready to eat after 4-6 weeks.

Recipes from Guy Watson at Riverford Organic Farm.

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