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Chili question for Indian pickle lovers

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Initial post: 1 Mar 2014, 09:02:49 GMT
Maybe people who know about herbs etc will know this. As you know I love to make lime pickle in the sun. It's preserved with sugar, salt and the acid from the limes. The recipe does call for raw chilis, though Manisha (Indian Food Rocks) says you can vary the chili content to taste.
These days raw chili does not love me; suffice it to say it has bad side-effects on my GI tract. Do you think chili is an integral part of the preservative elements, or can I leave it out without it spoiling?

Check out the recipe here: http://www.indianfoodrocks.com/2006/08/make-lime-pickle-sans-oil-while-sun.html
There's a link to her original lemon pickle recipe there too.
What say you, pickle lovers?

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 16:54:32 GMT
Happy says:
Can't think that the chillies have anything to do with the preservation Ori. Would think it's the salt and sugar that are doing that. You could substitute cracked black peppercorns for the chillies. DD doesn't 'do' chilli so when she's here I use black pepper instead.

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 19:42:03 GMT
Thanks, HC. I think I'll try a couple of different ways this year...one with black pepper, one with no chili at all, and one with only powdered chili (and v. little).

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 20:51:29 GMT
Sugar,salt and acid are preservatives, chilli will be for flavour. While I,m here, sorry folks for not being around much lately, we are having awful connection problems at the moment and AOL seem unwilling to help solve them for us. I can,t respond to your messages because I can rarely follow the links, it,s driving me barmy. Now tonight, I got straight on no problem, but in a few minutes it will probably tell me that I have no connection to the internet again.aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!

Posted on 1 Mar 2014, 20:53:32 GMT
Thanks!! I'll try some with no chili, and some with just the powder. Maybe some with pierced whole chilis? That might work.

Posted on 26 Jun 2014, 13:56:01 BST
I bought a couple of kilos of limes this morning in LIDL. My greengrocer told me I'd have to take the whole box (3 or 4 kg) because it would be a special order---and from him the box would have cost 40 Euros! Even he thought that was too much. I found fresh limes this morning for less than half his price, and bought what I wanted.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014, 14:06:11 BST
Bearman says:
Well done Ori. I wait to hear how the pickles progress without the chili.

Posted on 3 Jul 2014, 13:06:46 BST
I put up one jar (half gallon, one dozen limes) with a small dry chipotle, one jar with just smokey sweet paprika, and one with a tablespoon of hot paprika and the rest sweet. I will leave you know.

Interestingly enough, since my chunks of lime always seem to swell and get much bigger in the curing (or is it that I get bored chopping?), this year I did 2 jars of smaller (I hope) chunks which collapsed down nicely under the salt and sugar. Then the third, I sharpened up my big knife and cut the limes into thin rings, thinking they would pack down better--and yet they seem to take up more space and didn't collapse down the first day like the chunks. Hmmmm...curious!

Posted on 3 Jul 2014, 21:02:30 BST
Happy says:
I'm just trying to sneak into the back of the class, so no one will notice! Hoping to make some lime pickle this coming week, sans chilli . The temperature is finally going up ( been a funny year so far, not hot) and the limes on my one tree are ready, so I'll let you know what happens Ori.

Had the most manic year year so far, only had time to glance at the forum a few times, but things seem to be calming down now, so Hi to everybody, and hope to be able to join in from now on.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 08:48:24 BST
It's good to see you HC! I was getting lonely in here. Coming by and seeing no new posts day after day...so sad.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 10:17:07 BST
Bearman says:
Poor Ori! I will have to try and visit more often.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 16:14:47 BST
Please do, Your Bearness.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 17:20:39 BST
Bearman says:
How did you know what I was wearing?

Posted on 4 Jul 2014, 17:34:21 BST
Oooh matron!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 19:58:13 BST
pixie says:
You called?!!!!

Bearman.....get covered up, you'll frighten the cattle!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2014, 20:02:48 BST
Bearman says:
Too late! The cows are now producing sour milk, and bull is hiding in the cabbage patch.

Posted on 5 Jul 2014, 08:59:35 BST
Mmm...sour cream, on tap.
Carry on, Bear.

(He does like to carry on...;)

Posted on 9 Jul 2014, 21:00:27 BST
Happy says:
Just spent five minutes doing a post and it's vanished!
Did lime pickle today and what I thought was going to be a bitter orange version. Except the oranges were sweet. We've been here 25 years and that tree has always been bitter. Didn't have enough chillies so used black pepper instead.

Got some really unpleasant clients here for two weeks, so I'm trying to be invisible. Luckily they are self catering, so I don't have to have much contact. Think they'd be much happier in Magaluf!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014, 21:23:46 BST
Really Happy, have you seen what,s been going on in magaluff lately...lol, it would make your hair curl.xx

Posted on 10 Jul 2014, 07:19:00 BST
Don't get me started!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014, 09:01:56 BST
Bearman says:
Happy - You should make them a batch of chocolate chip cookies with laxative chocolate chips.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014, 14:18:57 BST
I'm interested to hear how the orange one turns out. "Seville is an orange, prince--and something of that jealous complexion." (Shakespeare).
I tried to make grapefruit pickle last year, Happy, but the peel is too bitter and spongy. Threw it out.

Posted on 10 Jul 2014, 21:16:20 BST
Happy says:
It's going to be trial & error with the orange pickle. The peel is really thin this year, most years there is a lot of pith.
Yes Diamond, I know what's been happening in Magaluff this year, that's why I think they ought to be there. I'm dreading to think what the place will be like when I have to go and clean rooms. The amount of litter that has been chucked over the wall is already mind boggling. I don't think they've taken an rubbish out yet, and they've got a baby in nappies with them!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014, 21:55:31 BST
Oh gross, sorry to say it but some people are just pigs, in fact, pigs are probably preferable.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:11:44 BST
Happy says:
Pigs are clean by preference, but some people are happy to spend there holiday surrounded by their own rubbish. I shudder to think what their own homes are like. Still these will be gone in ten days and then the rest of this years clients are all regulars, so I know what to expect.
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