Here is a quick & simple this one on the blog! It will take you about 4-5 minutes and only 4 ingredients. Quick pickled raisins. These little nuggets are so damn good - they will last for ages in the fridge and are a great addition to many a dish. Curious? I figured as much - read on!!
HOW TO PICKLE RAISINS
As mentioned above, it's super quick and simple. All you will need is the following items/ingredients
- white vinegar
- chilli flakes
- sterile jar/container
Place 1 cup of vinegar into a said saucepan with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1-2 tsp chilli flakes (your spice level depending). Place the raisins into your desired pickling container. For me, it's these snazzy little Kilner jars! Heat vinegar mixture to a rolling boil and then pour over raisins. Allow to cool, and you are finished! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a month!
CAN I USE SULTANAS
Sure can! They are the same thing but different. Huh, what's that you say? Raisins & sultanas are both dried grapes BUT where they differ is the variety of grape used, and the method used to dry them
Raisins are dried Moscatel grapes. When they dry, they are a darker colour, denser texture and sweet flavour. Raisins are also great for soaking up other liquids, so that's why I prefer raisins to sultanas.
Sultanas are also dried grapes, BUT they are white seedless grapes. They are plumper (bigger), sweeter than raisins and are more golden in colour. Sultanas are often dipped in a solution before drying them which helps speed up the process
WHAT CAN I USE QUICK PICKLED RAISINS WITH
So you have made a delicious batch of quick-pickled raisins but what the hell are they good for? Well, aside from just nibbling on from time to time I find they work great in
- on top of hummus or other dips
- with grilled lamb
- cheese platters
They add a deliciously acidic, spicy and sweet bite all in one. So sprinkle them in your next batch of couscous, over some grilled lamb served with hummus or on your next meat/cheese board and watch how quickly you will make another batch 😉
OTHER PICKLING IDEAS
Got the pickling buzz after making my delicious quick-pickled raisins? Then check out these recipes for further pickling inspiration!!
Happy Cooking & Happy Eating Friends!!!
- 240 ml vinegar
- 100 g sugar
- 150 g raisins
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- Place raisins in a sterile airtight container
- Place vinegar, sugar & chili in saucepan, heat until sugar is dissolved
- Pour vinegar mixture over raisins, allow to cool and store in the fridge
- measuring equipment
- airtight container
I would have never thought of using raisins to make a sweet and savoury garnish, but it is such a clever idea! Love that they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways!