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This year appears to be the year of the cucumber. Last year was all about the tomatoes. Sigh. The tomatoes seem to have some sort of disease. I addressed this with my grandmother last evening and she said that the disease lives in the ground, so you are supposed to rotate the crops around the garden to prevent back-to-back years of the disease rotting your plants.
Anyways, as I alluded...the cukes are coming in like MAD. I was able to fix a gallon of my cucumber salad for our Very BFZ 4th of July Party.
Even then, I had a ton left over at home. So, I decided to attempt to make pickles. It would be my first attempt. Other than look at some general dos-and-donts, I used a variety of cukes from Japanese to Mucher, as you can see. I made up my own recipe from the herbs I grow. Anyone that knows me just rolled their eyes and said "of course you did." But, I like learning for myself.
I minced up sweet basil, dill, mint, and garlic as fine as I could. I added salt and fresh ground black pepper. Then I dumped it in some purified jars.
inaigrette that you have read about.
Then, I filled the jars with the slices and added white vinegar until the jars were almost full. You need to leave a little room at the top for the vacuuming process.
Do they taste good? I don't know. We will find out soon! I hope so, because I plan to can a LOT of them considering I am getting 5 cukes a day.