Preserving gherkins - tiny batches
Hi all, my first post!
I'm growing cornichons (y'know, the tiny French gherkins) which I intend to pickle in jars for myself, and as Christmas gifts.
I can find plenty of instructions and recipes on the web that will tell me how to pickle them in batches.
The problem is though that I only have a few plants, and while I have a good-looking crop they're growing to the size I want them in ones and twos - not really enough to bother processing.
So my question; is there a way I can store the gherkins until I have enough to make a batch? Do I, for example, just plonk them into a jar of vinegar for full processing later, or if I pick them can I store them somewhere like a cool dark place wrapped in paper until I have enough? Or could I fill a jar with my pickling juice, and then just add gherkins to it as I go?
What are my best options here?
Many thanks in advance.