Monthly Archives: December 2009

Refrigerator pickles

The pickles here have been woefully inadequate. It’s that whole halal vs. kosher thing. Pickles tend toward a kosher thing. Not that they don’t have pickles, they are just oddly seasoned and of the slightly rubbery overcooked variety. And there are maybe 2-3 brands (and the store is generally sold out too). Some are ok, but I would probably eat a puppy for some Vlasic or Claussen pickles.

So I’m going to attempt to make my own.

Here is what I did:

3 cups white vinegar

4 cups water

slightly less than 1/2 cup salt. I used sea salt.

1.5 tbs pickling spice

1.5 tbs dill seeds (can’t find fresh-which would be best, or dry dill leaf around)

4 cloves garlic

2 bay leaves.

Cucumbers!

I bought 2 telegraph and 2…regular. I guess they are English or short? I couldn’t find any pickling at this time of year.

Bring the vinegar, salt, water, garlic and herbs to a boil and take off the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Get your jars ready. I washed mine with soap/hot water right before packing them with cucumber slices and spears. For the 3 jars here I used 1 of my telegraph and both short cucumbers. Which I also washed with soapy water and rinsed before slicing up.

Once the pickling mix is cooled to room temperature or slightly lukewarm pour into the jars over the cucumbers. Try to avoid having the bay leaves go in the jars. You can toss those now. You can also pickle carrots, peppers, onions, zucchini in the same way.

I also spooned some extra seed/pickling mix stuff into the jars as well.

Now, put the pickles in the fridge (there are several methods of making fridge pickles, some involve leaving the pickles out for a few days before popping into the fridge) and in 2 days they should be ready to eat. They must be kept in the fridge and should be good for about 2 months. Maybe more!

Here they are after the 2 day pickle. The telegraph cucumbers were much crisper, but both kinds were good. I think telegraph is probably the way to go if you can’t get actual pickling cucumbers.

As for spices, probably a bit less salt would have been better, but overall very good pickles. I don’t think I’ll buy pickles again.


Can’t be bothered

Haven’t been feeling so great lately, but today I feel ok (and able to do things!) so hopefully this will continue.

I finally got the energy to sort some pictures I’ve taken, so here is what I’ve been up to garden wise.

First off, a while back (it must be at least 2 months or more now) I harvested my spinach as it had started to go to seed. Spinach does that when the days are long. I’ll grow more in the fall.

It was tasty. About halfway through the bag I developed an aversion to vegetables so the rest of it is waiting in the freezer.

Here is how the garden is doing. It has really taken off.

tomato plants

squashies

teeny zucchini

I got some eggplants to grow, now I just need to plant or pot them. I’m leaning toward pot since I think they won’t grow well and they were a lot of effort.

Also the garden overall lacks space.

Huge difference from the last set of pictures.

Hopefully by the time I start getting more vegetables I’ll actually want to eat them.

Well, with our new fiber optic internets uploading pictures is no longer a horrible chore. Yay.