Thursday, July 12, 2012
Yesterday on the way home from my hike i stopped at one of the farmers markets and decided to buy some cucumbers to make pickles. During the spring my wife got some ball canning jars and a rack for our stock pot.
The Brine! The brine, the most important part of pickling, consisted of:
1. 3/4 cup of pickling salt
2. 3 cups of water
3. 2 coups of vinegar
4 1 tablespoon of pickling spice
I put all this in a pot and let it boil.
I prepared the jars by washing everything with soap and water. The Cucumbers i washed with cold water. I then pealed some garlic and washed the dill. Each jar received a wad of dill and 2 cloves of garlic. Then i packed the cucumbers. Next i ladled in the brine, which smelled great! During all this my stock pot water boiled and after putting on the lids I gave the pickles a water bath to preserve. They all sealed up right and cooling right now. Now on to the important stuff in life, FISHING. I am headed out this evening so i hope all goes well.