Pickling is back in a big way and if you consider yourself a bit of a foodie then you’ll want to dust off those mason jars and give these tasty recipes a go. Besides being good for the gut, a jar of homemade relish makes the perfect gift.

Did you know that you can get all your pickling essentials with your RCS Card, and get up to 55 days interest free on every purchase? You can also use your RCS Card to access cash when you need it – click here to find out more.

 

BASIC PICKLING BRINE

Makes 2 jars of pickles
Cooking: 25 minutes

 

2 cups apple cider vinegar

½ cup sugar

2 tbsp kosher salt

1 tbsp black peppercorns

1 tbsp mustard seeds

 

 

PICKLED PINEAPPLE WITH CORIANDER AND CHILLI

1 pineapple, cut into slices or quarters

1 red chilli, cut into slices

3 sprigs of coriander

 

 

MEXICAN PICKLE

2 small carrots, peeled and cut into strips

3 radishes, sliced

1 red onion, sliced

2 chillies, sliced

1 sweet corn, kernels cut from stalk

 

PICKLED CUCUMBER WITH JALAPENO AND BASIL PICKLE

1 small cucumber

1 jalapeno

6 basil leaves

 

Wash two 500ml jars, along with their lids and rings, in warm soapy water, then rinse well. Dry completely before adding any ingredients.
Cut the vegetables into desired shapes. Divide the herbs and spices between the jars. Then pack the vegetables or fruit into the jars as tightly as possible without breaking them. Make sure there is a space of about 2cm from the rim to the top of the fruit or vegetables.


Pour the pickling liquid over the vegetables or fruit, leaving 1cm from the rim of the jar. Make sure all the ingredients are covered with the liquid. Gently tap the jar on a counter covered with a dishcloth to remove any air bubbles. Then top up if you need to add any more brine to the jar. Place the lids onto the jars and screw on tightly. Place in the fridge for at least 48 hours before using the pickles.


GET THE PERFECT PICKLE WITH A SWIPE OF YOUR RCS CARD

You can pick up all the ingredients for these tasty recipes by swiping your RCS Card at your local Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite or Spar. If you don’t have a card yet, don’t stress! The application process is really easy and the card offers up to 55 days interest free on every purchase. It can also be used to get cash when you need it so apply today! Don’t forget to download the RCS App to help you manage your account.