Piccalilli (Mustard Pickle)

Makes 10x1lb jars
Prep time 2 hours
Cooking time 18 mins (approx)



  • 1 Large marrow, peeled, deseeded and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 3 Medium cauliflowers-cut into 1 inch/2.5cm florets
  • 1 Large cucumber-peeled and cut into 1/2inch/10cm rounds then quartered
  • 1lb/450g Runner Beans-top and tail-slice off the sides where the stringy bits are and cut into 1 inch/2.5cm pieces
  • 2lb/400g approx Shallots
  • I Whole nutmeg or 3 tsps ground
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 4oz/100g Mustard powder
  • 2oz/50g Turmeric
  • 12 Tbsp Plain flour
  • 1 1/2lb/700g Caster sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic (medium)
  • 6 Tsp sea salt
  • 4 Pints/2.4 litres Malt vinegar
  • Extra 10 tbsp Malt vinegar
  • 6-8 Tbsp water


  • Put the cauliflower-onions and 4 pints/2.4 litres vinegar into a large saucepan
  • Add the nutmeg and allspice and bring to the boil
  • Cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes (depending on the crunch factor)
  • Meanwhile crush the garlic into the salt using a pestle and mortar
  • Stir in the chopped cucumber, beans and sugar
  • Now add the garlic/salt mixture
  • Bring up to a simmer and cover and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Check regularly
  • Using a large colander strain off the vegetables-reserving the liquid
  • Mix together the flour,mustard powder and turmeric in a separate bowl
  • Slowly add the extra vinegar and water to a smooth paste
  • Next add a ladle full of hot vinegar, drained from the vegetables and transfer the mix to a large saucepan
  • Using an electric blender or balloon whisk gradually add the rest of the hot vinegar
  • Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 4-5 minutes
  • Pour the liquid over the vegetables and stir thoroughly
  • Ladle into the hot jars and seal

Cooks Tip

  • Wash the jars in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly or put in dishwasher if possible
  • Heat the oven to 325°F/170°C/gas mark 3
  • Put the jars in the oven for 10 minutes to sterilise
  • Decorate the jars with glass paint/Christmas ribbon/labels
  • Serve with cold meats


  • 1 Large saucepan
  • 1 Large colander
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Large bowl
  • Ladle

Shopping List

  • 1 Large marrow
  • 3 Medium cauliflowers
  • 1 Large cucumber
  • 1lb/450g Runner beans
  • 2lb/400g Shallots
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Mustard powder
  • Turmeric
  • Plain flour
  • Caster sugar
  • Garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Malt vinegar
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