Posts tagged ‘Cucumber’

July 26, 2011

Bread ‘n Buttah!

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Pickle time!  Time to start using all those cucs!  I refuse to let them rot away in the garden, but I just can’t eat them fast enough.  I’m averaging about one a day, but I’m picking three or four!  DSC_0033

It’s my first pickle making experience and it was actually quite easy (thanks to premade Ball pickle mix)!  We’ll see in a few weeks if they turn out OK and if the seal took hold!

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I sliced 14 medium pickling cucumbers into half inch slices.  This is what the package told me to do.  Unfortunately I could not even come close to packing all these into the sanitized jars I had ready to go.  Oh well…more to eat!

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Meanwhile my pickling mix was boiling on the stove:

  • 1 Ball Bread & Butter Pickle Mix “Makes crunchier pickles!”
  • 2 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

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I had to remove a few pickles to make room then I just dumped the mixture over the packed pickles, pressed the lid tight, and screwed on the ring.  It’s so hard to pack any kind of large number of cucumber slices into those jars!  I am officially in awe of any previous or future home canned jars of pickles I am given with more than 12 pickles in it!  I processed these guys for 15 minutes and now they are hanging out on the counter.  Now I just have to wait and see if they turn out!

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Have you made pickles before?  How do you get them packed tightly in the jars?

*Addendum:  Please note I’m not a canning expert.  I’m just learning as I go and sharing my experiences.  I appreciate any tips or tidbits of information you can share to help me out!  🙂

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July 25, 2011

Christmas in July

Ho ho ho!  Let’s break out the red and green.

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So enjoy a nice, refreshing, cold, and festive salad!

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Toss together:

  • 3 cups wheat berries, cooked
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 large ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed

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Whisk together:

  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

*The measurements are really just estimates, because I just dumped (as always).  Moral of the story:  mix to your taste. Smile

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Mix together and allow to marinate a few hours or overnight.

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Eat it plain or served over a salad.

When you’re cooking do you measure like it’s a science or just dump, mix, and taste?