Saturday, July 4, 2009

Nothing like pickles!!

Stopped by my local Farmer's Market on the way home from the grocery store and bought a whole bag of little cucumbers so am going to make pickles today. Just not quite like grandma made hers.

Here's my secret to good pickles. Mrs. Wages. Little mixes you buy in the store. Love them!!

First, make sure your pickles are washed good so the little prickly things are gone. And make sure you have fresh cucumbers. Grandma always said pick them in the early morning every other day. But anyway, I did the next best thing. Bought them from farmer's market.

The directions on the package say "Combine dill mix, 3 and 1/3 cups vinegar (5
0/0 acidity) and 7 and 1/3 cups water in a large non aluminum pan. Bring mixture just to boil over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture dissolves.

Pack cucumbers into sterilized jars leaving 1/2 inch head space . Evenly divide hot pickling liquid among the packed jars , leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Remove air bubbles and cap each jar as it is filled. If more liquid is needed for proper head space , add a mix of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water.

Process pints 5 minutes and quarts 10 minutes, in a boiling water bath canner.

Product is ready to eat after 24 hours. Before serving, chill to enhance flavor and crispness.

Gotta love homemade pickles. These were Kosher Dill but I plan on making Sweet and maybe Bread and Butter pickles too. Will have to hit the local Farmer's Market later this week again.

Happy pickle making!!

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