Monday

Pickles -- All Day!

     I didn't know that I planted white pickles.  I didn't even know there was such a thing.  How do I order seeds and not know they are white -- you got me.   I wasn't liking them.  



They just look so pale as dill pickles.

     Then I made bread & butter pickles with them.  I used the "British variation" of the  Traditional Bread and Butter Pickles in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. (pg. 303)   The white pickles in the brown pickling mixture was pretty!




 British Bread & Butter pickles.

       A patient of Rick's gave him some started cucumbers this spring.  I made some sweet pickle relish out of them.  3/4 of the way through chopping all the onions ( no mascara left!), peppers, and cucumbers; I remembered the "chopping tip" we learned at the Master Food Preserver class.  This was a tip for the dehydrating part. --- Put the veggie you need to chop in the blender (cut in big chunks) and fill the blender 3/4 full with water.  Now pulse it a couple of times.  Pour everything into a strainer, and let it drain a bit.  It's faster and quicker to clean up than the food processor.  You now have perfect size chopped veggies for the dehydrator. It sure would have worked for my relish too!


I canned the sweet pickle relish in small
jars.  The perfect size for egg salad etc.



29 jars of pickles.  One didn't seal.
Check out the tomatoes in the back -- tomorrows work.
.....dr momi

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12 comments:

Dicky Bird said...

Your pickle products look good. You sure are busy cannning. Will these be fair entries too? I think your fair is on Labor Day weekend, so, if you keep this up you might have an entry in each class....good for you!

Candy C. said...

You sure have lots of pickles there! Your post from the other day inspired me to pick out my "prettiest" jar of pickle relish that I canned on Sunday to save for the fair this year! Thanks!

dr momi said...

Candy C. .....You must have a late fair too :-)


Dicky Bird.....Your right. Our fair is Labor Day weekend. However -- I didn't enter bread & butter or relish! Oh well, next year. Too late now. I'll probably make one more batch of dill pickles. I have a grandson that just goes crazy for them.

TexWisGirl said...

(hi! the birds today were cardinals, house finches and, of course, the painted bunting.) :)

labbie1 said...

That picture of the pickles sitting on the table makes a pretty tableau!!!! Your work is tasty AND pretty! :)

Mama Pea said...

Would you consider sharing your sweet pickle relish recipe? I don't have a really good one . . .

Dr. Kristy Sipple said...

I had a patient tell my yesterday that his wife bakes their pickles in the oven before canning them and that they are the most crispy pickles he has ever eaten. Have you heard of that recipe?

dr momi said...

Mama Pea....here you go

4 cups cucumbers chopped
2 cups onions chopped
1 cup sweet red pepper, cored, seeded,& chopped
1 cup green pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
1/4 cup salt
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 TBL. celery seed
1 TBL. mustard seed

Combine vegetables w/ salt and cover w/ ice cold water. Let stand 2 hr. Drain vegetables and presws through a clean cloth to remove liqid. Combine sugar, vinegar, and spices in a lg. kettle, heat to a boil. Add drained vegetables and simmer 10 min. Fill hot jars with hot mixture, etc., etc. Process 10 minutes in boiling water canner. Makes 4 to 5 pints.

dr momi said...

Kristy.....I've never heard of such a thing. I hope they water bathed them too!

dr momi said...

Tex....I guess it's just the bunting we don't have here. Sure is a prtty bird!!

Mama Pea said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to write out this recipe for me! Don't have the produce (or time!) to make it this year, but will definitely give it a go next year.

Thanks again!

Lisa said...

WOW! Those look great. I wish I would have paid more attention to my granny when she canned. This is something I would LOVE to try one day. Thanks for linking up!!