Weekend in a pickle

Pickle on a whim

image of pickled weekend

After a weekend of hard work, I finally managed to get my pickles into jars and ready to go

With the summer coming to a close , it was time to make mango pickle before the first rain shower. I was in two minds whether or not to bother with making pickles but when I went to Bhaji Gulley last Friday and saw two Gujerati matrons haggling over the price of mango, I got inspired and in a moment of  inspired foolhardiness,struck a bargain for 10 kg of raw mango!

The enormity of my folly struck me only half an hour later while  lugging back the cut fruit : not only did I have no time to spend pickling and preserving the mango but I didn’t even have enough suitable pots!

I solved the problem of the small pots by dividing up the fruit . I steamed 4 kg of mango in two separate pots which meant that they weren’t evenly steamed. Similarly I divvied up the 4 kg  of raw mango into two different vessels and rubbed them down with salt and turmeric so that the excess water could be squeezed out. I then mixed up the spices and let them sit a while till the hot oil cooled down. I did have another option  – making  the pickle in my bathing bucket but would have meant bathing in a stained bucket and smelling like a pickled mango myself!

Since I had to do the operation in batches, the next four hours I had mango all over the kitchen as I prepared for the preserves and pickles. But my problems didn’t end with that.

I realised that I didn’t have any jars to store them in! Thankfully Mohan Metal Mart at Nana’s Chowk opens at 8 and I quickly rushed there to buy some jars. Then of course I washed them and sunned them before filling them up with pickled mango.

So it was a weekend that was eventually well spent but I’ve learnt one thing :

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Look out for the recipe of Mango pickle which will come soon on my blog  http://foodities.in

Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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10 Responses

  1. Truly Happy says:

    🙂 So you were in a pickle before you started making the pickles, eh?
    10 kgs of mangoes!! You are brave!
    Well worth the effort though. Pickles look yum and your family will enjoy them.
    Indeed, proper planning prevents one from getting into a pickle!
    Your posts just make me very happy. It’s like I know you since a long time and I am catching up once every few days and listening to your highlights of the day. Keep writing!

  2. Parul says:

    I can never attempt pickles but maybe cos I don’t prefer them much. I like the stuffed red chilli one that my Mum makes 🙂
    Yours look well done and mango at Rs 10 a kg? Wow!!
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    • Bellybytes says:

      No I bought 10kg for Rs 180/kg for the Gujerati Ladvo and Rs 80/kg for the Rajapuri that is grown along the Konkan. I too don’t eat pickles and frankly I just started making them post menopause. They say that women’s hormones ruins pickles so only old ladies make them

  3. 10 kg of mangoes! Mahn, I would eaten half of that while making the pickle, and that would have solved the problem of jars and all! 😀
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    • Bellybytes says:

      That’s quite a lot to chomp through when raw isn’t it? What about your teeth? They’d have been on edge!

  4. Shalini R says:

    Did you just say, 10kg of mangoes? Oh.My.God! And I sincerely appreciate your efforts into pickling most of them. I miss home! Mamma would have made different varieties of mango pickles by now 🙁
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes I made 4kg of preserve 4 kg of pickle and 2 kg if chunda. And yes I made them for my daughters and their kids

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