It will drive your taste buds crazy!

A little bit of time today can mean bright and fresh pickles six months down the road. It’s high pickling season, so pull out those mason jars and get to work. If it fits into a jar, then it’s probably fit for pickling.


6 pickling cucumbers, or 2 regular-sized cucumbers

2 banana shallots

2 teaspoons mustard seeds

½ teaspoon turmeric

2 star anise

75 g caster sugar

150 ml vinegar


Cut the pickling cucumbers in half lengthways, and slice regular ones through the middle, then into fingers. Peel and finely slice the shallots.

Put the cucumbers and shallots in a colander.

Sprinkle over 2 teaspoons of sea salt. After 45 minutes, rinse well.

Combine all the other ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil.

Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Fit the cucumbers snugly into a jar, and then pour over the liquid.

Seal and leave for at least 24 hours.