This weekend, I came into the possession of some cucumbers:
Chris' grandfather has a garden (and grows a bit more than he needs...) so, he gave us some while we were visiting this weekend. I already made a batch of pickles with six pounds of these babies, and I didn't even use half of them! I am so excited to have cucumbers to make pickles that we can enjoy for the rest of the year. I think I will make another batch tomorrow. We'll see. Any ideas for cucumbers?
I juiced one with four kale leaves and a carrot this morning for my breakfast. The kids resoundingly rejected it. :-)
Recipe to make pickles
Taken from the book Stocking Up
6 pounds of cucumbers
1 gallon of 5% brine (3/4 c. salt per gallon)
2 cups vinegar
1/4 cup salt
3 cups water
2 teaspoons pickling spice
2 teaspoons mustard seeds per quart
2 cloves garlic per quart
handful dill per quart
cut up the cucumbers into the size pickles you want and soak them in the brine over night. the next day, combine the vinegar, salt, water and pickling spice in a pan and bring to a boil. i put the spices in a tea ball so you don't have to strain the liquid. sterilize five quart jars, rings and lids. pack the jars with the mustard seeds, garlic, dill and (of course!) the cucumbers. fill jars with the vinegar water to 1/2 inch headspace. process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
Today, I am grateful for cucumbers, and people who share them. :-)