I don’t like buying my fruit and vegetables from the super market.
In my local store I find that most of the food is far from fresh and the prices are higher than that of my local fruit and veg shop.
Unfortunately it’s not always possible to get to when you’re an evening shopper as I mostly am.
Those kind of places are for people who don’t love their bed as deeply as I do.
I was lucky enough (with a little will of course) to get to shop at the fruit and veg shop looking for some carrots and potatoes when I clocked my eyes on this beaut!
As you can see it fills my fridge, for size comparison those beetroot and mayonnaise jars are BIG ones.
Well…..I couldn’t just leave it there and for £1 it was a bargain (one cucumber is £1 no matter the weight).
Sooooo, what can you do with a cucumber that makes all the regular cucumbers feel inadequate?
Well, I made a mass of Japanese potato salad tweaking and experimenting with my secret recipe, yum yum!
After that I still had about half of it left…hmmmmmm.
I used a little for cucumber sandwiches but the sheer girth of the cucumber filled the bread in two slices so it didn’t make much of a dent there.
Next I tried a pickling recipe and boy am I glad I did, they were lovely.
These pickles aren’t the type that will last you for years in a jar, they will go off nearly as quickly as usual cucumber and are best fresh.
Try it yourself using rice vinegar for a more Japanese taste and some of your favourite seasoning’s.
There are so many foods that can be pickled so have a go, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
In fact there are whole recipe books dedicated only to pickling so there’s no excuse not to.
What’s your favourite pickled food?
Have you ever tried pickling at home?