Tested till perfect English Brown Pickle

English Brown Pickle

Commercially available as Branston Pickle, this is a favourite sweet-and-sour condiment in Britain, especially on bread with Cheddar or blue cheese. If using the browning in the pickle, be sure to use an unflavoured browning agent, such as Kitchen Bouquet, which will impart only colour and not a beefy taste.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 2008

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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  • Portion size five 2-cup (500 mL) jars


  • 4 cups 4cupsdiced peeled rutabaga, 1 medium
  • 3 cups 3cupsminced cauliflower
  • 3 3carrotcarrots, peeled and diced   
  • 2 2oniononions, finely diced   
  • 2 cups 2cupsfinely diced zucchinizucchinis, about 2 small
  • 2 2Granny Smith appleGranny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
  • 1 cup 1cupchopped datedates
  • 12 12gherkin picklegherkin pickles, finely diced
  • 5 5cloves garlic, minced   
  • 1 cup 1cuppacked brown sugar
  • 2-2/3 cups 2-2/3cupsmalt vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups 2-1/2cupswater
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuplemon juice
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupWorcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp 2tspsalt
  • 2 tsp 2tspmustard seeds
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspcayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp 2tspbrowning, optional
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspall-purpose flour
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In large saucepan, combine rutabaga, cauliflower, carrots, onions, zucchini, apples, dates, gherkins, garlic and sugar. Stir in vinegar, water, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, mustard seeds, allspice and cayenne; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, about 1-1/2 hours. Stir in browning (if using).
¡In small bowl, whisk flour with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; whisk into vegetable mixture and boil for 3 minutes.

Fill hot 2-cup (500 mL) canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) headspace. Cover with prepared lids. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight. Boil in boiling water canner for 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per 1 tbsp (15 mL) : about

cal 16 pro 0 total fat 0g sat. fat 0g
carb 4g fibre 0 chol 0mg sodium 53mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 1 vit A 3 vit C 3
folate 1
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