Cucumber July 9, 2011Daryl L. L. Houston Sometimes we overlook a cucumber hiding under a leaf in the garden. We're gonna need a bigger jar to turn this one into a pickle. Share this:FacebookTwitterLike this:Like Loading... Related
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What kind of pickles are you making (dill, sweet, bread-and-butter, etc)?
I’m just now harvesting my “Boston Pickle” cucumbers and … it’s finally time to start looking for a recipe!
Right now, we’re doing dill because we have to harvest our dill before it’s no longer any good. I don’t have the exact recipe in front of me, but the basics are as follows:
We’ve tried slicing cucumbers to get more per jar (when using whole cucumbers, you wind up with lots of unused space), but they turn to mush, so this year we’ve tried two things. One is that we’re harvesting early so that we have small cucumbers and can make better use of our space (this is the first year we’ve grown our own, and we’ve been at the mercy of our sources in previous years). The other thing we’re experimenting with is adding a little salt to the ice bath to pull moisture out (so that it’s replaced by the brine). The salt trick is part of the process for bread and butter pickles, which don’t get nearly as mushy. So we do have a few jars of dills this year that are sliced but salted, and we’ll see in about seven weeks how those turned out.
We’ve also got some peppers we’re going to slip into a couple of jars this week to spice them up a bit.
The bread and butter recipe is a good bit more involved, and I can’t recall the recipe at the moment. Maybe I’ll post that when we’re done with dill and start the process again. It’s a major production (but the upside is that you can eat them right away, and our recipe is really tasty).
Ah, good point on the “mushy” pickles.
I had planned on hacking mine up to fit, just as you mentioned but… Sounds like I need another plan.