Pickle Me With Mustard Pickles

by zesty on October 22, 2009 · 16 comments

This week has flown by thus far!  In a way it is good as the weekend is approaching but on the other side of the coin another week is gone and the house is not completed.  We are still shooting for early December but some people are looking at me funny when I mention that.

Remember back on Tuesday I shared with you a simple cranberry preserve?  Today I wanted to talk about another one of my favorite yet classic preserve – MUSTARD PICKLES.  These pickles are drop dead amazing if you like mustard pickles at all.  The tartness of the vinegar combined with the crunch of the cucumbers and the silkiness of the sauce = YUM.


This can be a  little bit of chopping project, however the cooking process is very quick and simple.  For me, mustard pickles are such an awesome addition to a meal.  Whether it is on the side or a roast chicken dinner, or in the bread of a nice hearty beef sandwich – I chalk this up as a must have preserve.


  • 20 Cups Cucumbers
  • 3 lbs. Onions
  • 1 Cauliflower
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Green pepper
  • 7 Cups white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tumeric
  • 4 Tbsp. coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard seed
  • 4 Cups vinegar


  1. In a large pot peel and cut up fine, cucumbers, onions, peppers and cauliflower.
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  3. Mix all dry ingredients together; add vinegar slowly, mix well.
  4. Pour over vegetables and bring to a full boil.
  5. Boil two minutes.
  6. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal immediately.
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: The pickles will thicken slightly after the cooking process is completed so do not be concerned if you think the mixture is too thin when you go to bottle.

Well I hope you enjoyed another preserve recipe.  It really is a big party of fall cooking.  This is such a popular preserve down here especially when the pickling cucumbers are out in full force – late summer, early fall.

Question of the day

Do you have a favorite pickle?

Have an awesome Thursday, before you know it the weekend will be here.

Take care


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

I love pickles but I don’t think I’ve ever had mustard pickles?? I’d really like to try this.


2 Lex

Oh Zesty – as of late you have been posting some of my most FAVORITE eats! Cabbage rolls, mustard pickles etc – they bring back so many wonderful childhood memories

When my family made this recipe instead of regular onions we used pearl onions and ever since I was a kid they were the most fun part to eat in this preserve! :)


3 Pam

Bubbies are really good! Hope you get in by December to celebrate your new home and X-mas!


4 Brittany

I have never heard of mustard pickles, but great recipe!

Bread and butter pickles were my favorite when I was younger, however I don’t eat pickles every often now.


5 Cynthia

I love the lighting on those vegetables.


6 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)

I’ve never had mustard pickles before! Sounds very interesting!


7 Jen @ MaplenCornbread

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE!!!! I truly think it’s a Martime thing though!! My dad puts up over 2 dozen jars of mustard pickles every year!


8 Kate

Finally got my ‘upper Canadian’ hubby to try some mustard pickles..and now he is hooked!

Can’t wait to try out your recipe!


9 Meghan

Looks soo good! I love the pickle served on a Ploughman’s sandwich in Ireland. I should try making my own!


10 Beverley

Photos of your vegetables are awsome


11 Cara (Cara Craves...)

Mustard pickles are my All Time Fav.!
My Mom makes a huge batch every year and I always sneak down into the cold cellar and stash a few bottles in my purse. (She knows though, I’m not that sly).
I love mustard pickle on top of a fried egg! Heaven!


12 Janice Kelley

I just love mustard pickles. Goes back to my childhood un England.. We used a brand called “Piccallee”. The nearest I got to it is Beck’s Sweet Mustard pickle and I have only been able to get it in one supermarket in our small town.

Today I went to get some more and found that they have discontinued it due to the store being taken over by a chain store group.

So I googles and have come up with this page and this weekend I will be having a go at making my own. Wish me luck


13 Griff

I liked your Mustard Pickle recipe. It’s good to see another man who loves good food too! We’ve just had a pickling party where almost half the participants were men. Some of the best cooks I know are men and it is a matter of some pride to me that I’m a good cook (though my wife’s better). We should get the message out to young men that cooking is a thoroughly masculine pursuit or at least not effeminate. If you like to eat you should learn how to cook.

Griff (Ont)


14 zesty

Totally agree Griff!


15 Vicki

How many jars of pickles does this recipe yield?


16 Johneen K

Hi there,

This recipe looks lovely and easy to make. I can’t even think of a roast beef, ham or roast pork dinner without mustard pickles. Must be a Maritimes thing as English Piccalaee (spelling?) Is not quite the same as the mustard pickles I grew up with. I’m making this recipe next weekend. How many mason jars will I need?



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