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Gooseberry Pickle Recipe

This can be served with any cold meat, but particularly cuts through the richness of duck. This recipe can easily be halved or doubled.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


- 1.8kg/4 lbs Gooseberries (under-ripe if possible)

- 1.2 litres/2 pints White Wine Vinegar

- 240g/8 oz White Sugar

- A level teaspoonful of ground Ginger

- 10cm/4 in piece of Cinnamon stick

- 24 whole cloves


- Top and tail the gooseberries.

- Make a flavoured syrup - over a low heat - from the vinegar, sugar, ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

- Poach the gooseberries for 3 minutes if under-ripe, 2 minutes if ripe in the syrup.

- Remove the gooseberries and place in hot sterilised jars.

- When the syrup's cold, pour it into the jars - making sure the gooseberries are covered.

If possible leave for a few weeks in a cool, dark place before using.

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