Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


I have been wanting to learn how to pickle for years... and just have never managed to actually try it. This summer, I was determined. We planted a pickling cucumber, and when our first few fruits began to appear last week, I decide I had better learn what to do with them!
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
 Well, the first batch came out WAY too sweet for my liking. I was wondering about the brown sugar, and it turns out that it wasn't a good idea.
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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  1. Yum!!! We have a lot of watermelon (one of the only things that's done well in our garden!) And so I am wanting to learn to pickle watermelon rind!

  2. I have always loved pickles since I was a kid. All kinds, yours look so delicious!

  3. My husband always makes fun of me because I love vinegar cucumbers but hate pickles. I know, I know, they are essentially the same thing, but there is something about the soggy, yet crispy texture of pickles that I just can't get over. I try them again all the time though. One of these days, I'm sure I'll love them.

  4. I freaking love pickles. Seriously adore them. It isn't just a pregnancy thing for me. I can eat a whole jar in one sitting. I swear. I need to learn how to make them and then start a cucumber farm to keep up with my obsession. :)