Finnish Pickled Cucumbers MARINOITU KURKKU


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

Pickled cucumbers are a common item in Finnish salad bars. Thinly sliced cucumbers are pickled with onions and herbs. It has a slightly sweet flavor.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rest After Cook12 hrs
Servings250 g cucumber
  • 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.
In Finland, you can often find 10% vinegar for pickling. For this recipe, I recommend that you use that 10% vinegar. In Japan, rice vinegar or grain vinegar can be substituted. For more information about vinegar in Finland, please see this article.
Vinegar in Finland
Is the vinegar sold in Finland different from the vinegar sold in Japan? The ingredients are the same, but something is actually different.
Vinegar in Finnish Recipes, How and What to Use?
If you see vinegar in a Finnish recipe, what should you use? You can also find out how to use Finnish vinegar in Japanese recipes.
The shorter the soaking time, the more acidic the vinegar will taste. If this is the case, let it sit for additional time. It will keep for a few days to a week in the refrigerator.
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