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Monday, 10 January 2011

How to Survive in the Pickling Business

You can scoff if you like, but a search through Google reveals over half a million hits for the pickling business. So there must be very many people who are doing very nicely out of pickles!

Now the thing is, that while we are in this global recession, there is one thing that everyone still has to do. That is right! We all still need to add relish to our food.

It might be cheaper food, that is for sure, but that doesn't mean that it can't be delicious.

This is where you come in. Do you know any good recipes for pickling your own vegetables? Great!

For those who don't, here is a simple lemon pickle recipe to get started. After that, it is a question of finding some other great recipes and getting people to buy your pickle. Voila! You are in the pickling business.

Great Lemon Pickle
You will need some firm lemons, salt, bay leaves, star anise and black pepper.
Cut the lemons into quarters half of the way along, leaving the quarters connected.
Put a teaspoon of salt into each open lemon and close them back together.
Add each lemon to a sterile jar with a good lid.
Add the spices and some lemon juice.
Fill to the top with boiled and cooled water.
Keep on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, turning the jar every now and then to keep the salt moving.

People need to spice up their lives when they are feeling happy and sad and low. Someone in the pickling business who makes great pickles should always come up smelling of roses.

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