Sunday, August 24, 2008

Pickles and Plums

Well, I got a few items done on my to-do list this week. The girls picked plums and a few peaches for me to make into fruit leather. Unfortunately, our plums are not freestone making them a pain to process. So I only made 9 trays of leather because that was enough stickiness for me.

Next, I made pickles. Look at this strange cucumber....

I managed to squeeze it into the jar without cutting it apart, so that will be an unusual pickle!

I like making refrigerator pickles because they are a little crunchier and the whole house doesn't get saturated with pickle brine smell. It's also really easy. The only downside is you can't store them on the shelf- they have to be in the refrigerator. That means you are limited to making only the amount you can fit in your fridge while still having room for important things like milk. My kids would love to have a fridge half full of pickles but I don't care too! Here is the recipe I use:

1 1/2 quarts boiled water, cooled
2 dill flowers
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 1/2 pounds (8to10) pickling cucumbers
6 long sprigs fresh dill
1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 up white vinegar

Put dill flowers and garlic in bottom of Mason jar. Add the cucumbers. Put sprigs of dill in center of cucumbers. Add salt and vinegar, then fill jar with boiled water that is cooled. Put on seal and ring. Shake to dissolve salt. Set upside down on counter away from sunlight and heat. Let sit 4 to 5 days turning the jar either upright or upside down each day.

Let sit upright 2 more days, then refrigerate. Lasts about 6 months.

Next year I need remember to grow dill so I won't have to buy it at Winco. Besides, dill smells so good in the garden!


Hava said...

Hey, you figured out how to move pictures! Good job! I was hoping my instructions made sense. :-)


Manda said...

Thanks for the recipe - Chop loves pickles - I'll give him the recipe - I mean, I'll make the recipe. ;) By the way, if we should someday ever move to your neck of the woods, would you homeschool my children and teach me how to make fruit leather? Thanks in advance. :) - And also - By the way - I was reading your bunny post to Lindy (she loves them - she wants one someday and plans on naming it Crystal) and she was so excited for you guys to have a bunny - until she found out it died. Guess I should've skipped over that part, huh?

EllaJac said...

Hey, if you do more of these, let me know.. I have some dill growing. It's all flowers now, and I have plenty. Let me know. :)

lawdy said...

this is so fun--reading a blog and being so wowed and inspired, but the great thing is that I actually know and get to see the author! love your blog!