Zucchini Pickles

Too many zucchini? Too easy!

Easy homemade preserves

One of the easiest vegies to grow would have to be zucchini, which often results in a glut for the gardener. Although smaller ones are best, if you end up with some of the monster zucchini that you missed while they were growing, you can use those too. Just cut out the seedy interior and slice up the fleshy outer parts instead, keeping each piece with some of the skin intact.

You will need:

Main ingredients
1 kg zucchini
2 white or brown onions *
Salt to sprinkle (approx 100g)

Pickling liquid:

Preserving  ingredients
600ml white vinegar
200g sugar

For taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric

Sterilised jars with sealable plastic-coated metal lids


1.  Wash jars and start sterilising.

2. Slice zucchini finely and slice the onions.

3. Sprinkle with salt, cover with water and soak for an hour. Drain well.

4. Add all the other ingredients to a stainless steel saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes.

5. Add the drained zucchini and onion and bring back to the boil, stirring once, then remove from the heat.

6. Transfer the zucchini and onion to the hot sterilised jars and then pour over the pickling solution.  Seal. Allow flavours to develop for a month before eating.

7. When opened, keep refrigerated. Makes approx 1.8  to 2 litres.


* If you have issues with onions, simply omit from the recipe. The pickle will still happen but it will be missing the flavour  that the onions would give it.