Many of the large supermarkets in Finland have an eat-in space. It seems to be a fairly recent movement, and more and more supermarkets are opening up eat-in spaces.
They offer not only prepared foods and sushi sold by weight, but also salads and other dishes made especially for the eat-in space. One of the salads was this pickle and a cucumber pickle, MARINOITU KURKKU.
The one I ate at the eat-in space was the recipe of the waitress’s mother-in-law. I was told that it was sweeter than other recipes, so I tried to make it sweeter too.
Finnish Pickled Cucumbers MARINOITU KURKKU
- cucumber 250 g
- onion 50 g
- celery 25 g
- garlic (2 cloves) 10 g
- vinegar (5%, or 2 Tbsp 10% vinegar and 2 Tbsp water, *1) 4 Tbsp
- brown sugar 2.5 Tbsp
- ground allspice 1 pinch
- dried thyme 2 pinches
- bay leaf 1
- Thinly slice the cucumber, onion and celery.
- Peel and crush garlic.
- Put all ingredients in a bag and mix well.
- Refrigerate for at least half a day (*2) to allow the flavors to blend.