Perhaps you have already seen a few days ago, that I have been busy pickling gherkins in the week-end ? As I had received plenty of gherkins from my colleague's small holding, I decided to pickled the smaller gherkins a la cornichons using a recipe in the "green pickling book" issued by Tørsleffs Husmoder Service.
I have not changes to this recipe.
Pickled cornichons: - 1 big glass
- approx 20-25 smaller gherkins
- 1 liter water
- 200 g salt
- 0.75 l plain vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cloves of garlic - skin removed and cut into 4 smaller pieces
- fennel seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon of dried sage
- 1/8 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon chilies
- 10 small pickled pearl onions
- potassium sorbate
- As a first step prepare the salt slurry, so it has time to be cooled down. Add boiling water in a bowl with salt. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Let the salt slurry cool down, before the cleaned gherkins are added into this salt slurry.
- Start by cleaning the small gherkins in plenty of water. I used a scourer to remove the dirty from the surface of the gherkins.
- Cut to the two ends of each gherkin, before placing the gherkins in the salt slurry.
- Place the salt slurry with gherkins cold. Let the gherkins stay in the salt slurry for approx. 24 hours.
- Remove the gherkins from the salt slurry, dry the salted gherkins using a clean tea towel.
- Put the gherkins and pickled pearl onions in the pickling jar/glass.
- Bring the vinegar to the boil, and pour it over the gherkins in the pickling jar/glass.
- After approx 12-24 hours drain the vinegar from the pickling jar/glass, drain the vinegar into a cooking pot.
- Add the various ingredients mentioned under the pickling slurry into the vinegar.
- Bring the vinegar incl ingredients to the boiling point, let the vinegar simmer for 5 minute.
- Add the potassium sorbate into the pickling slurry.
- Pour the hot spiced vinegar over the the gherkin in the pickling jar/glass.
- Close the pickling jar/glass.
- Let the small gherkin stand in the pickling slurry for approx 1 month, before you start to use them.