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In a pickle
If you want to pickle your own fish or cucumbers, it’s essential your jars and lids are properly sterilised before sealing to avoid spoilage. Preheat the oven to 120°C and line a baking tray with a clean tea towel. Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water, then place in a large saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Using metal tongs, carefully remove the jars and lids from the water and place upside down on the lined tray. Place in the oven for 15–20 minutes or until dry. Alternatively, place the jars and lids in the dishwasher and run on the hottest cycle. This is a good option if you’re using rubber seals or plastic lids. As a rule, hot preserves should go into hot jars and cold preserves into cold jars.
Bay leaves are one of the few herbs that don't lose their flavour when dried, rather the flavour is more intense. Can be bought as whole dried leaves or ground and is also popular as a fresh herb.