|pickling cucumbers- not very big but they taste good raw or pickled!|
Cucumbers! I grew these cucumber plants from organic seed and was pleased when they all came up! Only thing, we have had very little rain so it has been a job to keep them alive! They are beginning to really produce now, so I will either have to give some away or make pickles. How about both? Yes, that's the ticket!
Looking up recipes for easy refrigerator pickles, I found quite a few that used a long list of pickling spices and ingredients but I found one that only used white vinegar, salt and sugar. That is my kind of recipe! I peeled and sliced just two cucumbers and put them into this pint jar with the liquid. You are supposed to wait two days but hey, it looked too good so I had some on a sandwich the day that I made them and they were delicious!
1 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
(NOTE: I made more pickles and think I used 1 tsp. salt, whereas I had this as TWO teaspoons originally. Please, I would taste the liquid and put it to your taste. Not meaning to steer you wrongly, I am just trying to remember how I made them! You could also use more sugar if you like!)
Stir in a large glass measuring cup until dissolved and then pour liquid into glass pint jar. Pack the cucumber slices into the jar. Place jar upon a crocheted cloth and admire! (Then, put the jar in the fridge and use within 2 weeks.)
You understand the first part of title post, I am exclaiming to you that I have grown cucumbers but what does the second part mean?
When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to take cucumbers and wrap them up into a cloth and pretend they were our "babies" and we would cuddle them and hold them close. (Did anyone else do that or is this just a very "country" type of thing that hardly anyone else has heard of?)
I told one of my co workers about our pots of cucumbers and she seemed quite keen on the produce. I also told her about my cucumber baby days! So, what do you think...of course, I had to crochet a green and white cloth and wrap up a cucumber for her!
Cucumber, baby! Cucumber baby!
(I love a play on words, don't you?)
Oh, and speaking of that...does this make you think of the expression, "cool as a cucumber"? Did you know that the inside of a cucumber is about 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature?
We have had had about 36 days with the temp over 90 degrees, so cucumbers are a very nice thing to have this year!
Hey, eat more cucumbers, especially home grown ones!
Wish I could send you all one!