Pickle lovers and intrigued foodies from around Auckland enjoyed a pickling masterclass at Farro Fresh on February 17th.

Hosted by Joe McClure of McClure’s Pickles, attendees heard the inspirational story of a family recipe turned multimillion-dollar business. Brothers Joe and Bob make 1.5 million jars of hand-picked pickles every year from a converted former Ford Axle Factory in Detroit.

The masterclass covered all aspects of pickling for pickle lovers and pickling newbies alike. Topics included everything from the basics of ‘What is a pickle?’, to ‘What you can do with the brine.’ It even explored the controversial topic of pickle vs gherkin.

The great cross-section of guests, from media, foodies and trade, had the opportunity to pickle their own jar while also coming away with a jar of McClure’s Bread & Butter pickles and a selection of McClure’s recipes.

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