Sunday, June 27, 2010

In a Pickle!!

I think I am a throw-back to days gone by. I love to knit, sew, bake, and now preserve foods in old-fashioned ways. I had never tried making jelly/jams before, but my dear mother-in-law does these things on a regular basis and she is my idol. I just had to try. My first foray into jams was with the fresh blueberries we picked a few weeks ago. The kids loved it so much it gave me confidence to try more. yesterday I made Black cherry/ Grape jelly and it is sooo yummy! Not hard at all! I swear I am a real Pioneer Woman now!

Then there is my garden. This year is so different from last year. Last year we had a huge hot spell and drought and my garden yielded zilch. This year I am getting cucumbers in the dozens. A person can only eat so many cucumbers raw, so I resorted to pickles. Lots and lots of pickles.
Then my neighbor brought us HER cucumbers, some form a GIANT variety I had never seen before. Mine on the right, hers on the left. What the heck! One slice would be enough to cover one burger!! Then again, I couldn't let them go to waste.
Does anyone want some pickles? Dill, brad and butter or spicy? Please????


Deb said...

send them to us- we'll eat them. bug has discovered the joys of pickles finally.

Last year we got 1 or 2 cukes, this year we might do better but no so good at you.

I am going to try Mullberry/blackberry jame this month.

Love and hugs,

Diana said...

Way to go, Wendy! I've been canning all sorts of foods for years...except I haven't done much since we adopted the boys. The first year they were home, I couldn't. Last summer we moved, and this year we weren't able to get much of a garden in. If I can find adequte produce this fall, I'd love to do some. But, I have a sneaking feeling my kitchen will be torn apart and I won't be able to do it.

Karen said...

Can I trade you some cucumbers for some apples?