Thursday, August 11, 2011

Homemade Pickles!

I love homemade pickles. When I was a little girl I remember eatting my grandmother's homemade pickles. Last year when I started canning I thought I would try my hand at pickles. My kids love pickles and I knew they could not be too hard if my grandmother made them every year (she was not the best cook in the world, but she made yummy pickles!) I was right, they are super easy. All you need for pickles are pickle cucumbers (they sell them in the produce department of many stores, or if you have a farmers market close you can buy super fresh cucumbers- I did this since the farmers market is only 15 minutes away from my husbands house and they had several stands selling cucumbers!) , vinegar, pickle seasoning spice packs, water and sterile jars. I follow the directions on the back of my spice pack, but pickling cucumbers only requires you to cook the vinegar/spice mixture and cut your cucumbers. It was so easy I was able to make thirteen jars in about an hour in my husband's tiny one bedroom apartment. The picture is a jar that we already started to enjoy!