Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 15
  1. #1
    Storm's Avatar
    Storm is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Leicester
    Posts
    132

    Default Preserving courgettes without freezing

    We have got a glut of courgettes (like everyone else? ) and i have been trying to find ways to preserve them without freezing.

    can they be kept in oil? bottled in brine? do they keep well like this?

    any ideas/methods that can be recommended?
    Vegetable Rights And Peace!

  2. #2
    vicky's Avatar
    vicky is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Suffolk/Norfolk Border
    Posts
    2,216

    Default

    You can bottle them in oil. First grill/griddle/roast to intensify the flavour, then pop in a sterilised jar with herbs (eg basil) and add oil. Also make some pots of mixed veg?

  3. #3
    Cutecumber is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    South East London
    Posts
    1,629
    Blog Entries
    22

    Default

    There are some potentially nasty problems with storing in oil - though rare, it is possible to introduce bacteria which thrive in the oil and can make you very ill. Commercially, companies have to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines.

    I would advise you to follow a recipe for pickling/ making chutney - the difference is that these methods involve heating and the use of vinegar (a natural anti-bacterial).

    If you Google, you will find some interesting courgette chutney and pickle recipes.

  4. #4
    Hilary B's Avatar
    Hilary B is offline Mature Fruiter
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wiltshire, England
    Posts
    5,969
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    How about pickling like you do onions, by 'salting' for a while (briefly for courgettes I would think, but you would probably want to cut them up) and then bottling with pickling vinegar? Not exactly gherkins, but not totally different either.....
    I've pickled a few things over the years, and I ALWAYS use cold vinegar. Either ready-to-use pickling vinegar, or cold-spiced (takes a couple of months, but you can add the spices when you actually use it for the veg). If you boil the vinegar in order to get the spicing 'into' it, you DO reduce the strength of the vinegar, because the 'active part' (acetic acid) boils more readily than the diluting water does.
    Flowers come in too many colours to see the world in black-and-white.

  5. #5
    vicky's Avatar
    vicky is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Suffolk/Norfolk Border
    Posts
    2,216

    Default

    There's a Jamie Oliver one where you prepare the veg, then boil in a 50 % vinegar, 50% water soln for 3 mins, drain, add to oil (whilst hot, with lots of herbs, garlic etc) and pot up whilst hot.
    That should kill off bacteria!
    If you want to google it he did it with aubergine

  6. #6
    di's Avatar
    di
    di is offline Mature Fruiter
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    ipswich,suffolk
    Posts
    6,652

    Default

    I've posted a thread here a bit back "pickled courgettes".Really are very yummy!
    the fates lead him who will;him who won't they drag.

    Happiness is not having what you want,but wanting what you have.xx

  7. #7
    Storm's Avatar
    Storm is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Leicester
    Posts
    132

    Default

    thanks for all those suggestions.

    My first thought had been to store the courgettes in spiced oil as they can then be used for lots of different things (e.g. pasta dishes, salads etc.).

    I am a devoted chutney lover but even I can only get through a pot or two per month

    thanks for the recipe andi&di. will print that off and have a look for the Jamie Oliver recipe too.

    cheers for the help. i will post back with results
    Vegetable Rights And Peace!

  8. #8
    di's Avatar
    di
    di is offline Mature Fruiter
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    ipswich,suffolk
    Posts
    6,652

    Default

    How about making extra pots of chutney/pickle & give as chrimble pressies?
    the fates lead him who will;him who won't they drag.

    Happiness is not having what you want,but wanting what you have.xx

Similar Threads

  1. Preserving courgettes
    By Photo in forum Making the Mostů
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30-08-2010, 07:59 PM
  2. Do I really need preserving pan ???
    By Caro in forum Making the Mostů
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 19-08-2009, 07:15 PM
  3. Preserving help please!
    By lainey lou in forum Making the Mostů
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-09-2008, 10:20 AM
  4. Book recommendations for preserving/freezing crops
    By palborn in forum Making the Mostů
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 21-07-2008, 01:40 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts