What shall I do?

I know I want to run a 5k and half marathon. Okay, so I want to run, but I will end up power walking instead. Maybe try out some new ethnic cuisines. Travel to some new spots. Try some new classes. Support a new charity. Some may be exciting adventures, some may be boring. I welcome your suggestions for something new to try.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

#10 In a pickle...

Curing olives did not turn out so well so I decided to try another food preserving method and this one met with much more success.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have canned plenty of fruits and veggies in the past, however I have never made pickles. Growing cucumbers isn't my thing so there was no bounty to play with.  And pickles are pretty darn cheap, especially when you buy the giant jars at Costco for less than $4.  But there in the produce section of Harmon's was the cutest little bags of pickling cucumbers on sale for $3 a bag.  The lightbulb went off and I decided to try making pickles.

I'm not big on following recipes exactly so I improvised a bit.  You can buy dill pickling spices or make your own.  I bought a premixed package that you mix with water and vinegar and heat to boiling.  In the jars I put the cucumber cut into spears, some fresh dill sprigs from my garden and some onion slices.  I poured the pickling mix over them, screwed on the lids and set them in the fridge.  After several weeks a taste test has revealed they are crunchy and have a delicious dill flavor.  Jar one is almost gone.

I doubt I will regularly make my own pickles unless cucumbers are cheap, but they were better than most store bought pickles I have purchased.  And they were easy enough that I will try some bread & butter pickles, my favorite, in the near future as well.  Plus if I have a few on hand in my fridge they will make handy thank you gifts as needed.  I'll just add a note that says thanks for helping me out of a pickle...

1 comment:

  1. Good for you!
    Is your soda shop completed? Would love to see it with weefs in it....