3 1/2 C White Vinegar
1 1/2 C Red Wine Vinegar(I had some family wine that went sour)
1/2 C Pickling Salt
Well, I came to realize that the Dudes and I are severely addicted to pickles, and pickled veggie items in general. My problem occurred as I read down the ingredient list…. It was looking good until I came across that cursed yellow-5(if you grew up with me in the Motherland you would know of my deep hatred for yellow-5).
In the beginning Cucumbers never really prospered here at the Robot Farm, however this year I had a lot more sunlight hitting the soil due to a neighbors Black Walnut Tree being cut down and sent to the ole furniture factory. I’ll try one last time for a good crop of cukes.
Off to the side of the main garden plot situated against the fence, I let loose the seeds, I care for them, I nurture them, I watch them grow, I walk out the other morning and I am overwhelmed at how many little tiny Cukes I created. They looked like little fat fingers belonging to the aliens from that Television show V…
Speaking of Aliens from television, this whole idea of pickling started my mind down the path of time travel. With pickling you are placing the inevitable metabolic decomposition of our treasured summer crops on hold so as to suspend them in time, with added amazing flavor. It’s like filming a rectangle around a story, and making it timeless.
Well anyway, being caught at unawares I ran down to Grammy’s and scored a bunch of Pickling Salt and Vinegar. I went home, the house was quiet, the kitchen was mine, the dog is looking at me weird…
This is what I did –
For the Brine I begin by bringing to a boil the Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, and Salt. While that gets up to temp, I do a basic sanitization of the mason jars and lids by boiling everything for at least 8 mins.
Whatever to pickle is up to you! I did of course pickle the Cukes with this little set up:
Into the jars go…
Yellow Onion tt. (quartered)
2 Cloves Garlic
5 All Spice
1 Tbsp Pickling Spice(Mustard, Coriander, Cassia, Ginger, Peppers, Cloves, Bay Leaves)
Dill(stems, flowers, seeds) tt.
Fill up the jars leaving 1/4″ for head room, seal with the lids and collars, wait for the pop, and store for that future!
Thanks for listening!