I grew these cukes in our front yard. I remember pushing the seeds into the dirt like it was yesterday, fighting the deer that kept eating the tender vines down to the dirt. And here they are on their way to becoming pickles. They grow up so fast!
So far this year we have pickled green beans, peaches and cukes. I also learned to pickle carrots and beets in a pickling class, but we haven’t done it at home yet. All of our pickle recipes come from the Ball Book, which I highly recommend.
I stopped by the spice store to buy some pickling spice, and we got to talking about pickles, and the proprietress asked me, “What on earth are you going to do with All Those Pickles?” Perhaps you have not met my family, the family of PickleEaters. 6 pints of cucumber pickles might not last a month in our house. Levi would probably drink the leftover pickle brine if we looked away. This year, I might need to arrange for a bulk cucumber purchase to supplement our yard’s production. Next year, I will plant twice or three times as many cucumbers.
Krista makes the labels. She’s good at things like that.