I'm branching out a bit -
I've never made pickles before, but when my garden produced an
abundance of cukes, I started craving my Aunt Gerry's "Bread and Butter
Pickles". I haven't had them in over 20 years, but I decided to try and
recreate them. I don't have her recipe, so I scoured the internet to
find one that sounded close. This recipe, from Elise at Simply Recipes is the one I chose to try.
I started with 2 1/2 lbs of cucumbers. Next, I sliced them into wavy bites.
Thinly sliced onion went in next - 1 lb. Kosher salt, then mix well.
covering with a light weight cotton towel, ice was added to the bowl.
Then into the fridge for a few hours. Well, more like 6 hours - the
boys had Taekwondo, then there was shopping, dinner, etc. I digress -
back to the pickles!
Time for the spices - they'll introduce themselves in the photos below.
Two kinds of vinegar - white and apple cider. Store brands seemed to work fine here.
Into the pot go sugar and all those spices, then stir...
the vinegar, then bring to a boil. Discard the ice, then drain the
cukes & onions. Then rinse and drain a couple of times to get most
of the salt out. These are SWEET pickles.
soon as the pickles come to a boil, they go into the jars. This is done
with a slotted spoon, but I was rushing a bit and didn't get a good
picture. (You've got a good imagination, right? Picture a spoon in there. ) Next, the hot vinegar mixture is added to fill the jars almost full. Careful... get too close and you'll singe your sinuses!
Now I'm not complaining, but I only got 4 pints out of all this hard work.
and rings on and tight - into the water bath they go. Now I've got one
of those smooth-top stoves, so I can't use my canner. In fact, I gave
it away. I use my deep 8 quart stock pot. I can get 5 PINTS in it, but I only had 4 to can. Sigh.
After 10 minutes in the pot, the finished product comes out to begin cooling. Shortly after...Plink! Plink! Plink! Plink!
They all sealed. The rings aren't necessary for storing, so they came off. I doubt they'll last long.
See what I mean?! Already into the first jar.
These were a bit spicier than I'd imagined, but I really like the flavor. I can't wait to try them on a burger.
Now, on to that Zucchini Relish
recipe I've been eyeing.
Thanks for dropping by!