Thursday, August 7, 2008



Whoo-hoo! I have pickles. Well, mostly. One of the recipes didn't work out.

I used two different recipes from the wonderful book "Joy of Pickling" by Linda Ziedrich. In the large crock, I followed her "Spicy Crock Pickles" recipe. The recipe called for 12 pounds of cukes, but I only had 6 pounds, so I halved it.
The second recipe I followed was "Robert's Tea Pickles". I had exactly the correct amount of pickles, two pounds, so I followed the recipe to the letter.
I tried one of each today; the dill recipe is amazing. The tea pickles, not so much. Something went wrong with the recipe and the pickles are entirely too salty, and have an off flavor. I'm going to dump them and get more cukes this weekend. I'm not sure what I did wrong with the tea recipe, but thank goodness for the farmer's market. Every vendor last weekend had piles and piles of freshly-picked cukes. I'm sure that will be the continuing story for weeks to come.
Next up for this weekend- some sort of mixed giardiniera recipe...


plantainpatch said...


I love giardiniera. I have been looking through recipes looking for inspiration. I will probably do a blend of what our garden and the csa have available. I hope you post yours.

Carolyn said...

We opened my pickles the other day. They are Yummy!

Sorry to hear the tea pickles didn't work out. I am sure you will do better next time!

d. moll, said...

Are you lacto fermenting or brining or??? HAve you seem "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Katz? Hooray for pickles.

ilex said...

This is a brine recipe. I ordered Wild Fermentation last week- it should be here any day now. I've tried cukes via lacto, but don't like them- then again, I don't like fresh cukes. But I LOVE lacto sauerkraut, which I'll make come September or so.

PP- I'll be sure to post my giardiniera recipe. Can't wait to make that stuff. I never thought I'd be so utterly captivated with pickling.

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

I just found your blog and am really enjoying it!

Too bad about your tea pickles, hopefully you can try them again and they'll come out better. I can't wait to get a canner so I can try my luck preserving the wonderful abundance of summer!

Rabbits' Guy said...

We tried to make pickles in a crock like that once ... an experiment from hell! Never again! Woot for you!

Here in the Pac. NW we are all into green tomato recipes this year! Your piles are great!!!!

The bunny art goes well on many 60's record albums!!!!

Rabbits' Guy said...

I've got it! Put it on the new release of the music from Hair!!!!