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Saving the Bounty #1: In a Pickle.

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Blog entry by justjoel posted 246 days ago 785 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I started my first attempt at home canning with something easy – pickles (easy meaning no pressure canner required, just a hot water bath). I even bought a seasoning packet for bread-n-butter pickles. Tried the first one this morning and they turned out great. My 11 year-old son, Jonas, the only other REAL pickle lover in the house, absolutely loves ‘em. I had a hard time getting him to wait until they had cured the required 24 hours.

I sliced more cucumbers than I had liquid to cover, so I found a recipe online for garlic dills, tweaked it a bit to fit what I had on hand, and made four pint jars. Have to wait a week until we can try those, which might just drive Jonas crazy.

I’ll be making more, I’m sure, but likely giving over half of them away as gifts. We’ll see how the tomato crop does (I’m a bit worried I won’t get enough before the freezes set in), but I hope to be doing much more preserving. I’m sure the pears will be fun (also don’t need a pressure canner).

My mother, aunts, and grandmas would be proud.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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daltxguy

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posted 246 days ago

Well done Joel!
How many jars would I need for 1 pickle? I had 2 but I ate one of them…

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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justjoel

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posted 246 days ago

It depends on the size of the cucumber, and the jar, and (of course) how you slice it. C’est la vie…

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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justjoel

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posted 246 days ago

I used 22 cucumbers to fill 16 pint jars (yes, I counted).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 246 days ago

Good point!
I’m going to see if I can fill one or two of these jars. Maybe scale up next year.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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MsDebbieP

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posted 246 days ago

Bravo!!
I’m chuckling at the self-control to wait the week.

pickling a pickle .hmmm :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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captferd

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posted 242 days ago

Love the Mrs Wages premixes

-- Ever notice how advise come from those who never done it?

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Greenthumb

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posted 241 days ago

Sweet.
I’m a pickle fan : ))

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Iris43

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posted 238 days ago

Good job, justjoel! I’m impressed…..again.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 234 days ago

They look delicious!

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