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Giardiniera (Pretty Pickle)

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  • 1 kg Small carrots (2cm diam)
  • 1 bn Celery
  • 4 Capsicums
  • 1 lg Cauliflower (1 kg)
  • 1 kg Small white onions, peeled
  • 1 c Salt
  • 4 l Cold water
  • 2 l White vinegar
  • 1/4 c Mustard seed
  • 2 tb Celery seed
  • 3 Dried chillies
  • 500 g Sugar


1. Peel carrots, cut in half lengthwise then into 4cm (1.5 inch) long pieces. Cut celery into similar sized pieces. Remove seeds from Capsicums and cut into 2cm (3/4 inch) strips, 4cm long. Break the cauliflower into 4cm flowerets. Dissolve the salt in cold water. Dissolve the salt in cold water. Cover the vegetables with this brine and leave overnight. A clean (new) plastic bucket is a suitable container. After 12-18 hours drain the vegetables, rinse in cold water, and allow to drain again.
2. Select jars with glass or enamelled lids. Wash and rinse well, then dry in a warm oven, 100 deg C.
3. In a large enamel or stainless steel pan combine vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, chillies and sugar. Boil for 3 minutes and then add the carrots and onions and boil for 5 minutes. Fill the warmed jars with hot vegetables and top up with vinegar to within 1cm (half inch) of rim. Close lids firmly.
Makes approx 3 litres.
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