Mexican-style pickles

Mexican-style pickles

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From
Taqueria
Makes
500 ml
Photographer
Chris Middleton

I discovered these pickles while preparing a traditional Yucatán dish called cochinita pibil. The pickles are so versatile for both meat and seafood cooking. They are a great cooling agent and an attractive accompaniment for spicy dishes, barbecues and cured meats. The solution can be used to pickle a variety of vegetables, fruit and chillies as well as for a light dressing for salads.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 cloves
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
250ml cider vinegar
220g sugar
2 oranges, zested and juiced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cinnamon stick
salt
ice cubes

Possible Vegetables & Fruit for Pickling

Quantity Ingredient
small red onions, halved, quartered or sliced
heirloom radishes, thinly sliced
heirloom carrots, thinly sliced
jalapenos, thinly sliced
nectarines, thinly sliced
peeled cherry tomatoes

Method

  1. Dry-fry the cloves, peppercorns and cumin seeds in a small frying pan over low heat, until fragrant, then grind to a fine powder in a pestle and mortar.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the orange zest and juice, garlic, oregano, cinnamon and ground spices and set aside to cool.
  3. To prepare your vegetables or fruit for pickling, place them in a bowl and sprinkle generously with salt (you will need 2 tablespoons of salt for every 500 g of veg. Cover with ice cubes and leave to brine for 1 hour, then drain and rinse briefly in cold water.
  4. Return the pickling liquid to the boil and pour over the brined vegetables or fruit to cover. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Tags:
Mexican
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