When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade... when life gives you cucumbers you make...... PICKLES! At least, that is how we took it.
My in-laws had a BBQ last night, and we were bringing some of the appetizers, and we make these delicious marinaded cucumbers, so we decided to bring that among other things. We didn't quite have enough cucumbers for it though, so we asked my parents (who I knew had a lot of cucumbers, having visited their garden on Friday) for some cucumbers. My dad asked us how many, and we told him 5.... he brought a few more than that!
(these are the ones left AFTER we made the appetizer)
We didn't have to take them all, but we had been meaning to make some more pickles anyways, so we took them, and decided to make a batch of bread and butter pickles as per our preserving book.
Jars and lids were sterilized
Cucumbers were sliced with a mandolin
We combined the ingredients like vinegar, honey, tumeric, mustard seed, ginger and celery seed together.
Brought it to a boil.
Sad thing was that we packed the first couple jars so badly, that we didn't have enough of the brine, or the ingredients to make more so I had to run to the store to buy more vinegar.
Then we poured the boiled mixture into the jars which were stuffed with the cucumber and onion, put them in a boiling water bath for ten minutes, and had our cucumbers!Look at how many jars we made! And we still have more cucumbers lol!
We have never tried this particular recipe before, so I am nervous that we made that many jars, and they could possibly taste bad... but Blake reassures me that it was a tried and tested recipe in a book, whose other recipes have never let us down... so I should be confident. We'll see how it turns out in a week or two when we get to crack one open and taste it...
Preserving is fun!