Delicious Home Made Piccalilli

Delicious piccalilli recipe

by Sharon Maher

in Food, Recipes

Piccalilli is something I enjoyed as a child. With Nick’s Uncle Archie giving me several runner bean plants this year to grow in the garden I am suddenly over run with runner beans (excuse the pun!),

so to do something different with them I thought about an old favourite - piccalilli.

Not being fully sure about how to make it I turned to my trusty The New Home Larder
book by Judith Wills, which has a simple little piccalilli recipe.

After making it I tried it and though it was quite tasty, but my friend came over for lunch this week and we had ham sandwiches and I introduced my piccalilli, which went down so well she didn't bother to put it in her sandwich but ate it on the side with a spoon!

So if you are a piccalilli fan here is a simple piccalilli recipe.

fresh vegetables


Makes approx 4x400ml jars

1 small cauliflower divided into florets

1 small cucumber peeled and diced

500g pickling onions peeled

250g french beans or young runner beans sliced


30g plain flour

30g dry mustard powder

1ltr white malt vinegar

30g pickling spice

4 whole hot dried chillies

30g ground turmeric

1 heaped tsp ground ginger

50g sugar


  1. Spread the vegetables on a large dish and sprinkle with salt (I just used table salt). Cover with foil and leave for 12 hours to draw the water out.
  2. Drain well and leave to dry.
  3. Combine flour and mustard powder, add a little malt vinegar and mix to a paste.
  4. Put the rest of the vinegar in a saucepan.
  5. Put pickling spices and chillies in a muslin bag and tie top.
  6. Add bag, turmeric, ginger and sugar to saucepan.
  7. Bring to the boil.
  8. Add mustard paste and stir well.
  9. Add all vegetables and bring back to the boil.
  10. Then simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  11. Take off heat and leave to cool.
  12. Remove muslin bag.
  13. Spoon into sterilised jars and seal.

Enjoy! We ate ours the next day in ham and cheese sandwiches.

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