I started easy.. refrigerator pickles. I have canning equipment, and know how to can, but decided that with only one cucumber plant, I would probably never have enough cucumbers ready at one time to make the whole canning process worth it. So, refrigerator pickles it is!
I followed some basic instructions found here. In a 2 quart jar I put sliced cucumbers, jalapenos, garlic, fresh dill, mustard seeds, peppercorns, a bay leaf, a couple grape leaves (supposedly to ensure crispness!). then I poured in a solution of water, brown sugar, white vinegar and white wine vinegar. Shake, refrigerate and wait!
|First batch: WAY too sweet|
So, my second batch of pickles was pretty similar, except I used red pepper flakes instead of jalapeno, and I used a solution of white vinegar, water and a small amount of salt.
Batch 2 came out much better. Pretty darn good in fact. I am looking forward to experimenting some more with pickles this summer. Do you have a delicious pickle recipe?
|Second Batch: Pretty darn good!|
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