Monday, August 23, 2010

Pickles, continued...



Our garden is producing a bumper crop of pickling cucumbers! I now have two full crocks of refrigerator pickles, but not even a pickle craving pregnant woman nor a Midwestern pickle-consuming husband can keep up.

So Hubby decided to dust off his old recipe to can some pickles. A delicious fact about my Hubby is that he loves to cook - french toast, big dinner meals, yummy cakes (he makes me a birthday cake from scratch), and pickles.

The recipe he's used (which comes from an old friend's grandma, modified by Hubby's Mom) is pretty open to variation but the basics are as follows (for six quarts):

Fresh cucumbers, washed

Seasonings:
Pickling dill in each jar
Pickling spices (we found ours in the bulk section of our grocery store)
Garlic cloves, two in each jar


Brine:
Organic vinegar (1 quart)
Water (3 quarts)
Pickling salt (3/4 cup)

Sterilize jars in rolling boil in large pot.
Pack cucumbers tight in sterilized jars with seasonings.
Bring brine to rolling boil.
Pour brine in jars. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, until cucumbers begin to turn olive.


Pour brine back into pot and bring to second boil.
Fill jars with brine again, to 1/4-1/2 inch from top.
Secure sterilized lids on full jars, and allow to cool.
After jars have cooled, check that lids have sealed.
Let cure for three months.

Our canned pickles won't be ready to sample until on towards the holidays. The Refrigerator Pickle recipe I blogged about a few weeks ago results in a much more mild flavor than these will have as there is no salt in the recipe. For some, the Refrigerator Pickles may be too mild (especially if you're used to really salty or sweet pickles), but I continue to use the recipe because as a swollen pregnant pickle consuming woman, the no salt and low sugar is a good idea for me. ; )

29 comments :

  1. Pickles, yum!
    It sounds like they're well worth waiting for. :-)

    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  2. What a clever hubby! They look great :)

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  3. Will have to give it a go. I love making jam so will put this on my list of things to make. All about slow living.

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  4. they sound yummy..even if you do have to wait for them to cure!

    how are you feeling..despite being swollen?

    judi ;)

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  5. I am one pickle-lovin' fiend, and these look so delicious!
    Next year, for sure.
    Hope you and the little ones are doing splendidly well.
    I read in 'Real Food For Mother And Baby' that protein helps against water retention. It's a wonderful book by Nina Planck.

    xo Dawn

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  6. Wow, you guys are going to have a years supply by the sounds of it! I hope your friends and family enjoy them too, hehe! I love home made preserves and other goodies....
    Take care,
    Flick x

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  7. How wonderful your husband likes to do those kinds of things! Found you on Piney Flats Style...love you blog and can't wait to spend more time looking!
    Lisa

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  8. I love a good pickle with a corned beef sandwich. Hubby's canned pickles look so yummy.Waiting three months to eat one is going to be difficult I bet.

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  9. Those look fantastic! I may have to give this one a go... :)

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  10. Just thought I would let you know I featured you on my blog today! Hope you dont mind!

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  11. Looks good, I might try out your recipe. Our cucumbers are going nuts this year too!

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  12. hi trina,

    yum,a husband that cooks. and the pickles look fantastic too.



    ~janet

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  13. You make me want to grow some cucumbers so that I can try this!! They look delicious!

    And I LOVE your blog! I also live in a farmhouse (though it still needs a lot of work!) I am loving the inspiration!

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  14. I was totally inspired by you Refrigerator Pickles and I used your recipe last week - they were delicious. I even pulled out my mother-in-law's Polish pickled mushroom recipe and made those too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Love the idea. And thanks for the recipe. I have never tried canning before, but I hope to soon!

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  16. I've been reading your blog, and thoroughly enjoy it!
    Congratulations on your baby(s) to be!!
    Savor every minute, I just blinked my eyes and suddenly I have an empty nest...::sigh::
    Take care,

    M.E.

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  17. I made your refrigerator pickles and think they are great. They are milder, but have a great crunch. The pretty glass jar is nice to see each time I open the door, too! I truly enjoy your blog. You are a gem! Kathy-IL

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  18. yummy. i also am a swollen pregnant woman and i am loving pickles right now. now if only i could try and can some myself :) love your blog!

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  19. What a yummy post! I feel like a sandwich..a cuban sandwich to be exact! And a nice big pickle to go with it!!
    Oh and some Honey Dijon chips made by Kettle would be the perfect compliment!!

    Deborah :)

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  20. Delicious farmhouse fare! I have always wanted to try my hand at pickling. Perhaps I'll add it to next summers to-do list. Smiles, H

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  21. I made your hubby's french toast over the weekend. Those additional spices were fabulous! Both my little boys ate more than their share and neither is typically a huge french toast fan. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  22. Just wanted to invite you to my "Canning Week Blog Party" that I'm hosting on my site this week. We are daily posting tips and recipes as well as having give-a-ways and a linky party all in hopes of getting bloggers educated and encouraged to can on their own. HOpe you can stop by, link up and join in the fun!!!

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  23. I just found your blog while blog-hopping and wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it. Congratulations on your twins! How exciting for you and your husband. We also struggled with infertility after our first son was born and we ended up adopting...3 times! We are finally complete with our 4 now and life is wonderful...busy, but wonderful.

    I have a question for you...are the wood floors in your dining room original or did you put them in after you purchased the home? I would love to know what kind of wood they are and how wide they are...Thanks!

    Kristine

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  24. Hi Kristine,
    The dining room was added on during our remodel. We were quite adamant with our contractor that this new addition look original to the house, so many decisions were made to try and achieve that. One of those decisions were the floors. The adjacent hall and kitchen had original fir floors so the hardwood floor guy matched new fir to the old ones. It was our task to find a stain that would make the two blend, which wasn't easy. This was because although we had refinished the original fir floors in the hall and kitchen a few years ago, they were of different age and took stain quite differently. So we did a lot of samples!
    So long story short, we used fir floors and sampled different stains to match the existing refinished floors that were original to the house.
    Trina

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  25. Thank you Trina! They are beautiful.

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  26. Wow, this recipe sounds great! Can't wait to try it :)

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