I have made various delicious pickles from fresh vegetables quite often,but not recently.I do however,often marinate pitted kalamata olives, tomato,and chopped capsicum in my favourite Balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil! No cooking required and just scrumptious!!! I have also added very thinly sliced cucumber to this mix for a whole different take on it! I use Vegetable salt rather than normal salt as I love the herbs which are part of the mix,and which are so flavoursome!
The pickles I have made include various chutneys including mango, tomato,as well as sweeter fruit chutneys.As well as these spreadable types of pickles,I have also done mixed vegetable pickle(giardiniera) and dill cucumbers to name just a couple more.
These days I am always given lots of different pickles made by friends,and with my arthritis,I find this is great as I no longer find the task of making these treats at all easy.
Mum and Nan used to make lots of pickles and chutneys but I never seemed to have the time. However we were visiting a farm near Tweed Heads where we tried these fabulous eggplant pickles. I asked for the recipe but for the amount of work that went into making them, it just wasn't worth the small yield so never again.