Perfect Pickles

Perfect pickles: The “how-to” guide to summer delights

Add some zest or heat to sandwiches, salads and meals when you present your family and friends with the perfect pickles.

Perfect Pickles

You can’t have the perfect American-style cheeseburger without some pickles, can you? How about a fully-loaded pastrami sandwich without a bit of freshness to cut through the richness? You might also want a meal with a bit of a chilli kick. Well, how about making your own perfect pickles? Not only will you have a spicy chilli pickle to add to the dinner table, but you’ll love the onion and cabbage version on a lunch sandwich. This recipe is also easily adjustable when you’re in the mood for other vegetables, and the classics like gherkins.

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Perfect pickles suggestions

When cooking the pickle sauce, make sure to use a stainless steel, glass or any pot made of a non-reactive material. Metals like aluminum, copper or cast iron have a tendency to react with high-acidic food and may give your food a metallic taste. Also, no need to get fancy storage jars to prepare these goodies as any glass jar will do. Just fill the glass jars and rinse the lids with boiling water to sterilise and you are good to go.

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Add some zest or heat to sandwiches, salads and meals when you present your family and friends with the perfect pickles.

Last updated on 11 October 2023

Perfect pickles recipes

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Recipe by Irene Muller Course: SnacksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
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  • 2 2 red onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 1 small  fresh cabbage, thinly sliced and coarse black pepper

  • mixed fresh vegetables of your choice with optional garlic, sliced

  • 500 ml 500 apple vinegar

  • 500 ml 500 water

  • 2 teaspoons 2 salt

  • 12 sachets 12 (or less) sweetener, or use sugar to taste

  • For the hot jar
  • birds eye chillies

  • mini cucumbers, sliced

  • Thai chillies, diced

  • 2 2 Padron peppers, diced

  • 2 2 garlic cloves, diced


  • Stuff all the red onions in a jar, the cabbage with the black pepper in a jar, the mixed vegetables in a jar, and the hot spices in the last jar. 
  • Bring the apple vinegar, water, salt and the sweetener to the boil. Taste if it needs more seasoning or sugar (if you are using sugar). 
  • Fill up the jars with the warm sauce. If there is not enough sauce, add lime juice to fill right up to the rim.  Let the jars stand uncovered for 1 hour.
  • Place the lids on the jars and refrigerate.

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