It’s What’s Cookin’? Wednesday!
Now that summer has finally arrived (or at least that’s what the calendar says!), back yards, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets are chock full of fresh fruits and veggies!
Last year we planted just TWO cucumber plants and it produced more cucumbers than I knew what to do with!
Because of their high water content, cucumbers don’t freeze well and a person can only eat so many cucumber salads before the “mmmmmm… cucumber salad!” turns into “ugh… cucumber salad, again?!?
Since moving out to the country a couple of years ago, this “city girl” has been slowwwwwwwwly eeking her way into the “country girl” lifestyle. You know what they say… “When in Rome…”…
Ok… so there’s a little more to it than that. Raising two kids with ADHD, and a host of other “issues”, I’ve been looking for healthy alternatives to significantly reduce or completely eliminate the amount of medications that are supposed to help keep them on track.
What better way to start than with their diet, right?!?
I like growing our own food because then I know for SURE what’s in it… or more importantly, what’s NOT in it! Even though I’m still a “novice”… I like canning or freezing our fresh fruits and vegetables! And I LOVE being able to go to my pantry in the middle of winter and see all that GOOD stuff sitting on the shelves… it’s soooooooo purdy! It’s also a huge savings to the food budget 😉
So what else can you do with a boat-load of fresh cucumbers?!? You pickle them, of course!
Here is another recipe that I “borrowed” from my niece… her grandma’s bread & butter pickles!
I tried these out for the first time last year, and they were DELICIOUS! I thought they should’ve been a little “crunchier” than they were, but like I said… I’m still a novice at this whole canning-thing. In hindsight, I think I just let my cucumbers get a little too ripe for pickling, so this year I’ll just harvest them earlier and see what happens!
Depending on the size of your cucumbers, this should yield between 5-7 pints.
A jar of homemade bread & butters pickles makes such a nice addition to cookout, reunion, and holiday menus! Add a pretty little label and a bow, along with another jar or two of something else that you’ve canned from the garden, place in a basket, and you’ve got yourself some nice gift baskets for birthdays and holidays!
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