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Monday, September 12, 2011


Today was a first.  I made pickles and it was so easy I may never buy them again.    I have to admit that I took a shortcut and used Mrs. Wages' seasoning for dill pickles, but even accounting for that, it would still have been a breeze.

Here they are.

The process is simple.  I bought beautiful mini persian cucumbers at Costco and sliced them in half.  I used quart canning jars and packed them tightly with the sliced cucumbers.  The pickling liquid, which was a mixture of water, the spices, and white vinegar, was boiled on the stove and then poured into the jars over the cucumbers.  After that, all that was left to do was stick the jars in a water bath for 10 minutes.  And now I have beautiful pickles.  Pickles!  Real pickles!

Here are some pictures just so you can see that they look like the pickles you can buy at the grocery store only these are homemade!  As you can tell, I am quite thrilled with my little pickling experiment.

From this,,,

To this.  I pickled some french green beans as well.

Recipe:  Pickles

Here's the good news.  There's not really a recipe if you do it the easy way.  I used Mrs. Wages' pickling spices.  The package instructions are very clear -- just add white vinegar and water and then boil.  You can pickle all kinds of veggies.  Give it a try.

Next time I do this I am going to try it from scratch and I'll let you know how that goes.  But for now, I'm quite pleased with the results!

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