Author Archives: Grumpy Dave

Sweet & Sour Gherkins Recipe for Canning

Sweet and sour gherkin recipe, canning with Pearl Luna Cap jars

Although being extreme­ly pop­u­lar in the UK we don’t real­ly have a tra­di­tion of mak­ing pick­led gherkins at home. Con­verse­ly across coun­tries like Ger­many and Poland, small cucum­bers for home pre­serv­ing can be found in the shops through­out the sum­mer. In years gone by the only option here in the UK was to grow them…

A Simple Sauerkraut Recipe for Beginners. Getting Started Fermenting in Jars and Ceramic Crocks.

Fermenting in jars and ceramic crocks.

Fer­ment­ed veg­eta­bles taste great and are so easy to make. Some veg­eta­bles, a lit­tle salt, and few oth­er bits and pieces from your kitchen are all that are need­ed. Our sim­ple sauer­kraut recipe for begin­ners will walk you through all the stages of mak­ing this tra­di­tion­al and nutri­tious fer­ment­ed cab­bage. Although the recipe itself is…

Canning Jars with Reusable Lids? About Time. A Look at Pearl’s New Range of Preserve Jars.

Pearls full range of preserve and canning jars with reusable lids

I have always hat­ed throw­ing away sin­­gle-use jar lids and rusty screw bands. Replace­ments are cost­ly, and as pub­lic aware­ness of the need to live more sus­tain­ably grows, the idea of dis­pos­able jar com­po­nents becomes increas­ing­ly absurd. So I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to receive an email from Lukas Boettger. Lukas explained that he worked for…

Spiced Red Cabbage Canning Recipe

Pearl luna cap canning jars with canned spicy red cabbage recipe

A ver­sa­tile spiced red cab­bage can­ning recipe equal­ly at home served cold, packed into a falafel wrap, or warm with a roast din­ner. And it’s so easy to make! This is a time-hon­ored recipe adapt­ed from the ubiq­ui­tous Ball Com­plete Book of Home Pre­serv­ing. Quan­ti­ties and mea­sure­ments have been reworked to bet­ter suit the UK based…

Spicy Pickled Shallots Recipe with Cider Vinegar

spicy pickled shallots recipe with cider vinegar pearl mariposa jars

This won­der­ful­ly sharp and spicy pick­led shal­lots recipe is a lit­tle more exot­ic than tra­di­tion­al British pick­led onions and oh so good… These pick­led shal­lots are by far my favourite pick­led any­thing. They are made with a lit­tle less sug­ar than most pick­led onion or shal­lots and so are a good deal sharp­er. The spice mix,…

A Traditional British Pickled Onion Recipe

traditional british pickled onion recipe

This British pick­led onion recipe is as tra­di­tion­al as it gets. Mild­ly spiced with corian­der seed, mus­tard seed, black pep­per and bay leaves. It’s the taste of long hot British sum­mers and lunch­es in pub beer gar­dens… The recipe is pret­ty easy to pre­pare, the great­est dif­fi­cul­ties lie with peel­ing the onions but there are…

Fermented Wild Garlic Buds Recipe

Fermnented wild garlic buds recipe

This fer­ment­ed wild gar­lic buds recipe is amaz­ing­ly tasty. It is also so easy to make. Very lit­tle prepa­ra­tion is required as we fer­ment the gar­lic in a sim­ple brine solu­tion. Ide­al for any­one try­ing out lac­­to-fer­­­men­­ta­­tion for the first time. This recipe makes use of the ram­son Alli­um ursinum. If you are new to collecting…

A Simple Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe

Pearl Sunny Cap preserving and canning jar 0.25 litre wild garlic pesto

Spring her­alds the start of wild gar­lic sea­son. This won­der­ful­ly aro­mat­ic plant so prized by for­agers can be found in abun­dance in many of our ancient wood­land through March, April and May.Follow our sim­ple wild gar­lic pesto recipe for a real sea­son­al treat, tra­di­tion­al­ly stirred through pas­ta but also incred­i­ble in a sand­wich. Ram­sons, Allium…