Holy crapmo! The farmhouse is about to be run over with cukes! These are some of the first ones that I picked. First batch and I got 15 with lots more coming in!
So..... what is a girl to do with so many cukes?!
Make some pickles!
I mean, I have so much time on my hands. It's not like I have a basement to clean for the Fantabulous Basement/Storage Challenge or a secret project to work on for the Inspiration Party or anything like that....
I found a case of jars in the basement and got busy.
Those black eyed susans are such hams!
I sliced the 2 cucumbers (about 1/8" thick), then 2 of the onions and put some salt on top. Kept doing this til the cucumbers and onions were all done. I used about 1/3 cup of kosher salt total. Then I put a layer of ice on top, covered with a towel and let them sit for an hour or so.
If I had a better camera, maybe my pics would not be so blurry....
When the cuke mixture had sat for an hour I drained, rinsed and drained.
About halfway through the cukes sitting time I started the jars and bands boiling. When the cukes were done, I made the brine.
2 cups sugar
2T mustard seed
3 cups white vinegar
Add all these ingredients to a stockpot and bring to a boil. If you do have a cold, this will definitely clear your sinuses! Add the cukes after they have been drained, rinsed and drained. Bring to a boil again. Then add the pickles to hot jars and process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.
These are a sweet and sour kind of pickle. Really good! You do have to let these sit for about a week before trying them.
Now, something to make all you city folk cry!
These 2 little beauties come to my yard atleast once a day. Sometimes they are here 3 or 4 times. My yard is full of clover and they just love to munch on it. We think their mother may have been hit by a car, cause we have never seen a doe with them. This was right outside my kitchen window one morning.
As for the Fantabulous Basement/Storage Challenge, would you believe that I found this in the basement? It now holds all our current paperwork. 3 boxes were cleaned out and are now neatly stored in here. Even in file folders with what is in the file folder labeled on them! I have been working on getting some general mess cleaned up down there now. I almost have enough done to show off my progress so you can see I have made progress!
I also got Step 1 of my Inspiration Post done too!
Woo Hoo! I am off like a herd of turtles!