Zucchini glut—so what else is new?

This is the time of year when you can’t give away zucchinis for love nor money. Everyone has them. I offered some to my neighbour, thinking, with a new veggie garden she mightn’t have gotten around to zucchini yet. “Oh….er….thanks, but we’ve got plenty. I was going to offer you some.”

My fault. Turns out I gave them the seedlings (I’d forgotten).

So I decided to pickle some a la cucumbers. I looked up my pickled cucumber recipe and have done a few  jars. They turned out so well, I probably wont be offering any more zucchini anywhere anytime soon. I used a combination of a yellow variety and the green Blackjack variety and  a few bits of red capsicum for added colour:

Here’s the recipe for the pickling liquid:

  • 3/4 cup vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp sugar (I use raw sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dill seed
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • few sprigs of fresh dill

Put all ingredients (except fresh dill) into a saucepan and bring to just boiling. Heat jars in the oven and pack sliced zucchini, fresh dill and whatever else you fancy into the jars and pour in the hot liquid (carefully).

This weeks harvest:

  • Butter Beans  65 gm
  • Purple King beans  361 gm
  • Black Russian tomatoes  1132 gm
  • Red Pear cherry tomatoes  23 gm
  • Reisentraube cherry tomatoes  60 gm
  • Principe Borghese tomatoes  160 gm
  • Burnley Bounty tomatoes  137 gm
  • Roma tomatoes  336 gm
  • Green Grape tomatoes  58 gm
  • Green Zebra tomatoes  45 gm
  • Gold zucchini  592 gm
  • Romanesco zucchini  937 gm
  • Lebanese zucchini  575 gm
  • Carrots  1122 gm

4 Responses to “Zucchini glut—so what else is new?”

  1. simply.belinda Says:

    I am still looking for my zucchini glut. One of the 6 plants has now started flowering and producing pollinatable fruit, missed the first couple but got the last one so with any luck I’ll have my first veg for the year, bar lettuce, in the next couple of days.

    I have to say my zucchini pickle worked really well last year. I expect it will be a repeat this year if I get enough zucchini to make it worthwhile.

    Kind Regards


    • foodnstuff Says:

      Hi Belinda,

      Each growing year is different, I find. Last year I had a bad zucchini year. This year pumpkins are going to be my bad thing. I’ve put several in and they’re just not doing anything.

      And to make it worse, I was at my neighbour’s a few days ago and they are growing veggies for the first time this season. They have a pumpkin which covers at least at least 12 square metres. The stems are thicker than my finger. I just couldn’t believe it. They cut off all the growing tips in the hope that it would stop it invading the house. I told them it would probably just throw out more side branches and that worried them even more!


  2. The F. Relic Says:

    Zucchini pickled may be the only way I could willingly eat that veggie! And they do look so nice in the jars. I have taken down notes on the pickling process you use, and if R grows these revolting things this year, I will know what to do with them!!

    Good harvests you are posting too…tomatoes here are so far behind your times. Even though R started his toms in August under shelter, we have to date had ONE ripe fruit!


    • foodnstuff Says:

      Revolting things? You mean you haven’t had zucchini, onion & tomato bake? Or zucchini cake? 🙂

      Well, no, I didn’t know about zucchini cake either, but I gave a few to a friend and next time I went she presented me with a nice moist cake.

      Fair trade, I reckon.


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