July Garden brings tons of cucumbers
 July 28, 2007 we made dill pickles.
It will be a while before we know if these are good, but they look nice and have sealed properly.
Dill Pickles just out of the canner

Here's the recipe we used:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Dill-Pickles/Detail.aspx

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash cucumbers, and place in the sink ( I use the bathtub!) with cold water and lots of ice cubes. Soak in ice water for at least 2 hours but no more than 8 hours. Refresh ice as required. Sterilize 8 (1 quart ) canning jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the vinegar, water, and pickling salt. Bring the brine to a rapid boil.
  3. In each jar, place 2 half-cloves of garlic, one head of dill, then enough cucumbers to fill the jar (about 1 pound). Then add 2 more garlic halves, and 1 sprig of dill. Fill jars with hot brine. Seal jars, making sure you have cleaned the jar's rims of any residue.
  4. Process sealed jars in a boiling water bath. Process quart jars for 15 minutes.
  5. Store pickles for a minimum of 8 weeks before eating. Refrigerate after opening. Pickles will keep for up to 2 years if stored in a cool dry place.
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The turnips and beets are ripe, so we're trying this recipe - the white chunks are turnip.  It's pink because there are beets, too.
Pickled turnips with beets
Let me know if you want the recipe or want to hear how it turned out.  It has to sit for 10 days before it begins to be ready.

We also tried half-sours.
They have to sit out for a few days to ferment.  To keep them from floating above the surface, there is a baggie of brine sitting on top of the open jar.
Half-sour pickles getting ready to ferment
Let me know if you want the recipe or want to hear how it turned out.  It has to sit for three days before it begins to be ready.

David seems to like these pickled beets.  (I think they are nasty, but I think most veggies are nasty.)
The beets are red and white rings that have faded to white and pink rings.
The thing you see at the top right is a cinnamon stick.
Pickled Beets
It's very humid today, and these just came out of the refrigerator - it's not a blurry picture - that's condensation.


Next we plan on making bread and butter pickles.


Come on back and see what's cooking.

Some of my other kitchen experiments:
You can click on these links to see them.
Altoids copycat
Apple pie
Bean Soup
World's greatest Biscuits
Blueberry Buckle
Blooming Bread
Challah Bread
Dill Pickles
Elderflower Wine
Focaccia
No-Knead Bread
Peanut Butter
Potimarron squash pie
Raised Rich Rolls
Raisin Bread
Ravioli
Yorkshire Pudding or Popovers


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Created July 28, 2007

Photos by Leslie 

This has been a spring and summer of getting around. 2005

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!  Day 5
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
Skaneateles
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.



Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix
Carousels

2007
Our trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Baltimore people watching
Baltimore Architecture
Baltimore Orioles game
we're off to Washington, DC
Washington flowers are here
American Indian museum
Fireworks on the Fourth of July


Garden - heirloom tomatoes
     Garden in June
We made Dill Pickles
And we picked blueberries and made blueberry buckle and cobbler.


B-Mets game
A strange vine appeared
    It's carrion flower - or Jacob's ladder.
We went to Meredith Dairy Days
Downy Woodpecker feeds its baby.


2006
 travel to
Texas
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

Art Museum at Vassar



Mid Atlantic:  
Longwood Gardens
Assateague
Longwood Fountains
Longwood Flowers
Winterthur
Winterthur Silver
Winterthur Children's Park



Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY
Cherry Valley, New York
CMOG  Corning Museum of Glass -



Home

Other interests: 

House and Garden

Tomatoes

No Knead Bread

 Dill Pickles

 blueberry buckle and cobbler.


daffodil 3

 Critters
Animals hummingbirds  2
robin baby

Gray Fox

Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus

luna 
Hummingbird Moth  1  2
butterflies
Seasons 
Winter 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Storm

October Snow
Oxford 
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior

Cazenovia
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park  2

kids on the swing