The kids are back to normal and we had an activity-filled weekend of birthday parties, visits with grandparents and the usual errands. On Sunday the kids were exhausted and each took (overlapping!) long naps. Gabe and I fought our desire to just relax and watch a movie and instead opted to do something productive. He built me a shelf/phone charging station in the kitchen and I decided to make pickles out of the 50 pounds of cucumbers I had sitting in my fridge.
Okay, fine, there wasn’t 50 pounds of cucumbers in my fridge. But there was enough for me to make 12 quarts of pickles. I didn’t can them, I just pickled them and placed them in our extra fridge that sits in the garage. They’ll last three(ish) months without being canned, but I don’t think that will be a problem for us considering my family can eat through a jar of homemade pickles in less than three days. We like pickles.
The recipe is here. You can also find it on my Pinterest board here.
Note: This recipe works for pickling almost any kind of vegetable. I’ve pickled carrots, cucumbers, radishes, green beans, cauliflower…it’s all good.
I didn’t get to can this year. We just didn’t have time for the garden like we normally do. So many other things took our attention…chicken house in need of repair, clearing and fixing and so much more clearing and cleaning to do! always something! Those pickles look tasty and they make me anxious to can and garden next year.
It seems like the To Do list is constantly changing…one task is bumped to the bottom of the list by another more urgent task; and we never seem to catch up. It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones!