I'm in a pickle or at least in a pickle mood. For a long time now, I have yearned to make pickles. The dream was to grow my own cukes and them put them up. #!@#&@&* varmints kept me from growing the bumper crop in the past. This year I didn't feel settled enough to start a garden still the dream has not yet died.
Recently I saw a post on Mennonite Girls Can Cook for No-Can Bread and Butter Pickles and I just couldn't stand it any longer. I NEEDED to make pickles. I decided to just buy the cucumbers and make a batch. That was going to be the easy part. Trying to find a one-gallon jar proved a little more difficult. Enter my local True Value Hardware store, my 'go to' one-stop shop for all things 'old-fashioned'. They did not disappoint.
Next on my list of purchases was pickling salt. Clearly suburban San Diego is not the epicenter for all things homemade as this item was a little more difficult to locate. After some online research, I learned that pickling salt is simply salt with no additives which will cause your bounty to turn an unappetizing color. While I never located 'pickling salt' I did find a nice container of sea salt that fit the no-additive requirement.
Armed with my salt and all of the cucumbers in the market, I came home ready to get to work.
I sliced those cukes and put them in the jar. They are not as tightly packed as I would have liked, but remember I bought all that I could.
Next I cooked up the pickling liquid and poured it in the jar.
Can I say that it smells just wonderful? The jar is cooling on the counter, then into the fridge it goes. I can hardly wait to give them a try.
My work was not yet done though. A few weeks ago, Hubby made a request for pickled hot peppers. Again I had to buy the peppers rather than pick from the garden, so my jar is not nearly as full as it could have been.
Still we now have a small supply of pickled peppers. Fall is coming and with it meals like black-eyed peas with buttermilk cornbread. These peppers are the perfect accompaniment.
On the quilting front, I'm happily working away on A Penny Saved.
I'm working on the fourth row of pennies. What I love most at this point is that with strategic folding, it looks like a lot more!
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