Amazing Pickled and Marinated Vegetables

In this programme Jamie explains the history of pickling and preserving. If you have grown your own produce you’ll want to save it and keep it for as long as you can or use the excess when you have a bumper crop. Jamie shows you how with
a super-quick ‘mothership’ pickle recipe which can be used for pickling anything. He pickles courgettes with mint and chilli and aubergines with garlic and oregano.

Jamie also makes a fiery chilli chutney with Welsh rarebit and steak and chips on the barbeque with Jamie’s homemade tomato ketchup


  • For the pickling liquid:
    • 1 quart cider or white wine vinegar
    • 1 quart water
    • 2 tablespoons sea salt
    • For the pickling marinade:
    • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
    • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • Choose 1 of the following vegetable and herb options:
    • 2 pounds mixed mushrooms and a few sprigs of fresh thyme, rosemary and sage
    • 2 pounds firm eggplant and 2 tablespoons dried oregano
    • 2 pounds firm zucchini and 6 sprigs of fresh mint
    • 2 pounds fennel bulbs and their herby tops
    • 2 pounds small onions and 4 bay leaves
    • 2 pounds red and yellow peppers and a few sprigs of fresh thyme



  1. Make sure you have some small sterilized jars ready to go. Bring the pickling liquid ingredients to the boil in a big pan. Put the pickling marinade ingredients into a large bowl with your chosen herbs and mix well. Slice up your chosen vegetables any way you like, but if it’s a larger vegetable try to get the pieces around 1/2-inch in thickness. This way, the flavours and pickling liquid will penetrate sufficiently. Smaller vegetables, like mushrooms or very small onions, can be left whole.
  2. Place the sliced vegetables in the boiling pickling liquid and leave for around 3 minutes – they’ll probably rise to the surface, so keep pushing them down to ensure they are all immersed. Lift the pieces out with a slotted spoon and place them into your bowl of pickling marinade. Toss together – it will smell fantastic.
  3. Pretty much straightaway, put the hot vegetables and pickling marinade into your sterilized jars, filling them to the very top. Cover the vegetables completely with the marinade and put the lids on tightly. Put the jars aside until they’re cool. Clean the jars, attach sticky labels and write the date and the contents on them. Store the jars somewhere cool and dark – it’s best to leave them for about 2 weeks before opening so the vegetables really get to marinate well, but if you absolutely cannot wait, you can eat them sooner. They’ll keep for about 3 months – but they’re so bloody good I’m lucky if the jars last for a couple of weeks in our house!