Sunday, July 26, 2015

First Cucumber Harvest

Well, here I am.

I haven't wrote in awhile, which is totally my fault. I just kind of stepped away from writing for a bit. Please forgive me.

Last week, I plucked a few cucumbers from the vines in our garden and yesterday I plucked a few more. Let the canning season begin!

Last year, whatever recipe we used (I think we just wung it) did not work. The pickles were bland & didn't taste well at all. So this year, I tried a new recipe. At this time, I had enough cucumbers to can 3 of my quart jars.

Here is the recipe I used:
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Don't be like me & rush through this process. It's going to take some time, but you'll feel so accomplished in the end. By rushing, you might miss adding the proper amount of salt like I did. I ended up finishing the whole thing, only to notice I added 1 tbs of salt, not 1/4 cup. I had to re-open my jars, add salt, & re-boil. I still might not have added enough salt. Who knows how this batch will turn out now. FIngers crossed, that all will be fine. 
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We will be canning more cukes later on in the season, so I will label these with the dates & mark with a color maybe, to reference which recipe we used to make these 3 jars. I will also have to make note on the salt incident, so I know that these had an oops moment in the making. We're still trying to find the *perfect* dill pickle recipe, so we will be trying out a few this year. I hope to get a batch of Sun Pickles in! But I'm happy with the way these look...
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