Somehow or other our entire extended family ran out of Mama's homemade Southern sweet pickles this year! Without these special pickles, chicken and potato salad are just blah. My siblings and I have been pitching in to make the pickles, since my Mama isn't physically able to do so any more.
Over the weekend I made the first pickles I have ever made entirely by myself.
The recipe is found on the back of the Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime box and you can see it HERE.
This was just a trial run to test the recipe. Our cucumbers have just started bearing, so we only had enough to make 1/7 of the recipe. It takes some math to figure out the amount of each ingredient to make 1/7 of a recipe, but it can be done. Over the weekend we also cooked a turkey which I posted about on Monday. I made a big bowl of turkey salad last night from the leftovers using the pickles and the pickles make such a difference.
These are some of the tools needed to make pickles. I need to buy a canning jar lifter. My handbook said I could use some "stout" tongs, so I used these. They worked ok, but I definitely need the jar lifter!
These are the ingredients needed for the pickles. The fact that there is a lot of sugar in the pickles contributes greatly to their deliciousness.
The pickles go through three periods of soaking in different ingredients. First is the lime soak. Second is the ice water soak. Here are the pickles soaking in the sugar, vinegar and spices.
I plan to buy a basic water bath canner, but for this trial of the recipe I placed a folded towel in the bottom of my biggest pot. The purpose of the rack in the canner is simply to keep the jars from touching each other and the bottom of the pot.
Since I was only making two pints, this worked out ok. But, I need a real canner if I am going to do much pickle making or other canning.
If these guys keeping growing as fast as they have this week, I will soon be making a full batch of the pickles.
The cucumber vines should soon start growing all over this trellis that my hubby made.
My 53rd summer is going to be a busy!