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Eve O'Connell3 years ago

Ever wanted to pickle your own veggies?

Whether you're a fan of store-bought gherkins, antipasto mix or love the homely look of a big jar of pickled vegetables, you've come to the right place! Pickling isn't all about gherkins and peppers nowadays, and there's plenty of room to get creative with your own fruit chutney, pickles and antipasto mixes—perfect additions for dinner party nibblies. Once you try some of the delicious, full-bodied flavours gained from pickling, you'll never go back to boring old cracker toppings ever again! Read on for more.

No matter your palate, we’ve found some pickling recipes to suit! Check out some of these tantalising jars of goodness that you can make at home. We’ve also included some excellent Wollongong cafes where you can enjoy some homely cooking without having to clean up afterwards!


Garlic dill pickles

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Why not make these classic pickled cucumbers yourself? Whether you eat them as is, or sliced into burgers and sandwiches, garlic dill pickles are a great addition to any meal. Pickling your own fresh cucumbers will be super satisfying, and they only take a week! Do you find your usual store-bought pickles to be a little tangy for your taste? By making your own, you have the opportunity to experiment with the flavour levels to create your perfect taste—get the full recipe here.

Marinated carrot with mint

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During this particularly cold winter, you’ve probably eaten a fair amount of rich and hearty foods. This quick pickle recipe is packed full of flavour, and won’t add too much to your calorie count. It’s also super refreshing to the palate after an onslaught of meaty casseroles. The mint can be substituted for other herbs of your choice, such as parsley or coriander. Check out the full recipe here.

Pickled pears

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Sweetness abounds when you pickle your fruits! These little jars make excellent gifts for friends, and are equally fun to make with others as well. The usual choice of pear for this pickle is the tiny Seckel pear, perfectly sweet and crisp—even if the fruit is slightly underripe, these will lead to a better end result. These mouth watering pears will look delicious as soon as you mix them with the brine—but trust us, wait a few days and eat with cheese and crackers, you’ll be in heaven! Get the full recipe here.


Are you after a delicious feed around Wollongong? Why not grab a seat at these choice cafes in the area!


Corrimal

Coast Cafe

Once you step into the Coast Cafe, you’ll be greeted by both the welcoming team and the enticing aromas of home cooking and smooth, organic coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, Coast Cafe also serve up delicious organic hot chocolates and their very own chai tea blend. Serving up a vast range of sweet treats and delicious meals, this cafe’s friendly team will have you well looked after. Drop by today!
Where: Cnr Princes Hwy & Railway St Corrimal NSW


Gwynneville

POD Emporium & Espresso

Whether you’re after a delicious hot drink, a healthy meal or even a little clothes shopping, POD Emporium and Espresso has it all! Come and take a seat for lunch or browse the shop’s latest homewares and clothing. If you can’t make it to the shop, they also have an online store where you can browse from the comfort of your own home. Fuel up for your shopping spree with a delicious acai bowl or smoothie, munch on a wrap or other raw treat.
Where: Shop 1/174-182 Gipps St Gwynneville NSW


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