Thursday, May 13, 2010

International Pickle Week...Seriously

The one where the Greenhabilitator talk about pickles...

Are you ready for International Pickle Week?

I didn't think so! Thank goodness you have me here to remind you of these special holidays.

International Pickle Week comes at a good time for us this year -- it's May 15th through the 25th which, yes, I realize is actually 10 days.

Last week I came to the realization that I'm the only one in my house who like cucumbers. Seeing as we've gotten them in our past three weekly organic produce delivery boxes, well, my crisper sort of runneth over.

In an attempt to preserve them before they got mushy, I decided to make pickles. The pickles I made last year were horrible. I used the store-bought seasoning, added too much vinegar, they got mushy...yada yada yada...they ended up in the trash.

This time I made Refrigerator Pickles from HowToPickle.com, which turned out scrumptious. The recipe mimics Claussen's kosher dill pickles perfectly:

Part I
3 parts distilled water (important), 1 part distilled white vinegar
(important), for every quart of this mixture add 2 tablespoons of
kosher, non iodized salt (important) in a glass container (important).

Part II
In quart jars put, 1/2 tsp minced dried garlic, 1/4 tsp yellow mustard
seed, 2-4 black peppercorns, 2-4 whole allspice, 1 to 1/2 whole dried
cayenne pepper, a pinch of dill seed, a pinch of dill weed, a miniscule 
pinch of turmeric and either 1/4 tsp of sugar or a whole carrot, washed, 
sliced (as you like them) cucumbers.

Part III
Now take the brine mixture from Part I and bring it to a boil. Pour
this mixture over the cucumbers and spices in the jars and seal. Put
them in the refrigerator: Ready in 7-10 days. Keeps 8 - 19 weeks.
Brine can be re used.

If you make these today, they'll be ready for you just in time for pickle week!

4 comments:

Farmer's Daughter said...

I LOVE kosher dills but have never had luck making my own. I'll have to give this recipe a try!

Too bad I'm no longer pregnant so I could appropriately celebrate Pickle Week :)

Farmer's Daughter said...

Hm, re-read my comment and it could sound bad... I'm no longer pregnant b/c I have my darling 2 month old Joshua. In fact, he weighs 13lbs 13oz at 2 months, so it's a GREAT thing that I'm no longer pregnant, haha.

Kellie said...

LOL! I knew what you meant. How is that cutie pie? I saw his pic on FB the other day and can't believe how much he has grown already!

Jenn the Greenmom said...

Oh wow, that's almost enough to send me back to the nursery for some pickling cuke plants! Very cool...do you know if you can use "ordinary" cucumbers for this recipe? What kind do you grow?
--J

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