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What is Branston Pickle?

Cloves are often used to season the sauce for Branston pickle.
Rutabagas are used to make Branston pickle.
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Branston pickle is a form of pickled relish that is extremely popular in Southern England. It contains an assortment of mixed pickled vegetables, blended with various spices in a thick brown sauce, leading many people to confuse it with chutney. In Britain, this relish is readily available at most markets; outside of England, it's stocked by some importers and large markets, and it can also be ordered through companies that specialize in food imports.

This food is named for its original manufacturer, the Branston brand, which was acquired in 2004 by Premier Foods. Because the brand has come to be associated so intimately with Branston pickle, Premier Foods retained the name and expanded the line of Branston branded foods. In Britain, the relish is often referred to simply as “pickle,” which may help to demystify “cheese and pickle sandwiches” for those outside of the country.

Like other pickled foods, the key ingredients in Branston pickle are salt and vinegar, which act to preserve the food. It also includes cucumbers, cauliflower, onions, rutabagas, tomatoes, apples, and dates, with a tangy sauce that typically has mustard, pepper, nutmeg, garlic, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and cloves. The relish is also quite sweet; companies that imitate it usually call their products “sweet pickle,” to avoid being viewed as competitors for the brand's market share.

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The first Branston pickle was manufacturered in 1922, and it proved to be an enduring hit. While the company has tinkered with the recipe a bit, even briefly offering a spicy variety, it has remained much the same over the decades. In addition to producing an “original chunk” version with large pieces of vegetables, Premier Foods also makes a small chunk variety that is designed for use in sandwiches, along with a pureed smooth relish.

One of the most classic uses for Branston pickle is in sandwiches, although it can be used with other foods as well. As with other pickled foods, as long as a jar is unopened and kept in a reasonably cool place, it should stay good. Once opened, it should be refrigerated and used within about six weeks.

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anon349619
Post 10

Any British import food store will sell Branston pickle. There are a few online British Import stores as well that I used to order from. I don't know about PA but in Illinois, you can buy it at Cost Plus World Market. If your grocery store has a British import section, you might find it there.

It looks like you can also get it from Amazon.

My family has generally eaten it on cheese sandwiches (with butter and branston pickle) or with a snack of bread, cheese and fruit.

anon335696
Post 9

About 43 years ago, I used to love piccalilli sauce. Does anyone still make this product? I have been fancying some for ages now but have never seen any.

anon216108
Post 8

Wegmans carries marmite.

anon114785
Post 7

Is branston pickle truly safe for coeliacs? who's tested it?

anon113986
Post 6

Yes, Barbara, you can find Branston Pickle in Pennsylvania. I just bought some today, in fact! Giant Eagle Marketplace stores are sure to carry it, though many of the larger "regular" Giant Eagle stores carry it in their international aisle, next to the other Brit foods, like HP Sauce or canned Treacle. Now can anyone tell me where I can find Marmite in PA?

anon107576
Post 5

I had Branston pickle for the first time over thirty years ago in England and was immediately enamoured by it. The special blend of sweet and pungent spices is so great. Everyone laughed at me because I would even eat it for breakfast. Cross and Blackwell makes a great one, and can be found in specialty grocery stores or online.

anon62345
Post 4

I just made my own at home and it's amazing!

anon42716
Post 3

Can I find this Branston pickle in U.S Main area of Pennsylvania? thank you. Barbara

anon40424
Post 2

This was a informative article about the Branston Pickle! I have eaten it since i was little! I was born and raised in England with all my family then we had to move to America. Since then we have ordered Branston Pickle, and for a while i didn't have anyway to get it! So finally i did! And i love it! Always have and always will!

anon32158
Post 1

fabulous article - i had no idea there were rutabagas in branston pickle!

stunning.

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