Wednesday, August 25

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

The other day, while meandering at the farmer's market, I noticed that there were many booths selling mini cucumbers, for what other than pickles! I have always loved pickles as a snack or a sandwich accessory but never had I considered making them from scratch. What better of a food challenge, than homemade pickles. And to my surprise, they are as easy as could be!
Bread and Butter Pickles
about 10 medium sized cucumbers
1 onion
1 green pepper
1/2 cup of salt
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of vinegar
1 tablespoon of mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
10 whole cloves

1. Cut the cucumbers into little discs of your favorite thickness. Also, cut the onion into rings. Cut the pepper into thin strips. Place all of these veggies into a large bowl. 

2. Dissolve the salt in icy water and pour over the vegetables. Allow this to set for about 3 hours. After 3 hours, drain. 

3. In a large kettle, combine the remaining ingredients, add the drained vegetables and heat until almost boiling but don't boil. 

4. Pack into sterilized jars and seal. You are set to go and your next picnic will be extra special!

Happy Eating. 

p.s. Today at the farmer's market, we bought a bushel of tomatoes. Wish us luck tomorrow, as we embark on a canning adventure! 

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