Pickling!

pickles!!

“Home Made” is a cookbook by Yvette Van Boven.  It is a really nice cookbook featuring step by step tutorials.  The page I happened to have tagged was the pickle page!  I love pickles so I was excited!!
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[/span4][span8] I decided to make the pickled cucumbers – there are several options for pickling on this page of the cookbook. I bought some small cucumbers and washed them. I rubbed them with a bunch of salt and let them sit for 24 hours in a cool place. The cookbook gave some info on why to do this – the salt strengthens peel and seasons the pulp. After that 24 hours I washed the cucumbers and cut them into quarters. Then I placed them in a mason jar with a few sprigs of dill.
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oops wrong seed
oops wrong seed
[/span4][span8] Next I heated a pot with white vinegar, water, sugar, cloves, (what was suppose to be caraway seeds but I bought the wrong thing), peppercorns and 2 bay leaves.
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[/span4][span8] Once that got to a boil I turned off the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes before pouring it into the mason jar with the cucumbers and dill and sealing the jar. Then in a very large pot I brought enough water to boil that would cover the jar. Once it was boiling I put the sealed jar into the pot and let it continue to boil for 20 minutes.
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pickles!!
pickles!!
[/span4][span8] After 20 minutes the jar was removed and I let it cool before putting it in the refrigerator.
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Verdict:  The pickles were very crunchy – so the recipe was right about that 24 hours in salt, BUT they were also really sweet.  And as I’ve said before I am not really into sweet so I wasn’t in love.  But I am going to try this one again and not add the sugar, or at least so much of the sugar.  I might also add a clove or 2 of garlic and some hot peppers.  If you want to try this recipe out you can do so here and if you mix it up a bit let be sure to comment and let me know how it goes!

 

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