Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sweet Gherkins

Sweet Gherkin Pickles


 4-5 pounds cucumbers (small 1 - 4 inches or larger ones sliced in chunks)
1/4 cup caning salt (scant)
5  cups sugar
3 cups vinegar
1/3 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed pickling spices
1 large stick cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon whole allspice





 I have several pails going at a time.
Wash cucumbers and drain.
Place in plastic pail, Cover with 4 quarts boiling water and a scant 1/4 cup canning salt. (Do in am)
Let sit 6-8 hours then drain and cover with (new) 4 quarts boiling water and a scant 1/4 cup canning salt let sit 6- 8 hours (or overnight). 

On second day: (In am)

Drain off salt water; prick whole cucumbers in several places. I use a clean 5 quart plastic pail to place all the cucumbers in.  Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups vinegar, and turmeric in large pan.  Place remaining spices in a spice bag and  place in liquid in pan.  Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and use a plate or plastic container to weigh down cucumbers so they are below liquid.

 Miss A likes to prick holes in the cucumbers.
Little sister helps also.
 

On second day: (In pm)
Drain off liquid and reserve.  Add 1 cup sugar, 1 cups vinegar to reserved liquid.  Place spice bag in liquid in pan.  Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and use a plate or plastic container to weigh down cucumbers so they are below liquid.

On third day: (In am)
Drain off liquid and reserve.  Add 1 cup sugar to reserved liquid.  Place spice bag in liquid in pan.  Bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and use a plate or plastic container to weigh down cucumbers so they are below liquid.


On third day: (In pm)
Drain off liquid and reserve.  Add 1 cup sugar to reserved liquid.  Place spice bag in liquid in pan.  Bring to a boil.
Pack cucumbers in hot jars and cover with reserved liquid/syrup.  Leave 1/4 inch headspace.
Remove air bubbles from jars. Wipe clean tops of jars; Place on lids and rings.  Process for 10 minutes in boiling water bath.  Makes 6-7 pints.


These take 5-6 days if you boil liquid once a day; I do this due to work schedules and on busy days.
When I was younger, my mother made 'crock pickles' that were in the crock for 21 days!


Gherkins are a smaller kind of cucumber (usually 1 -3 inches long) that have been pickled, while pickles are cucumbers that have been pickled in brine or vinegar. So should probably call the recipe Gherkins and sweet pickles to be politically correct!


 
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bees are hot

During the hot days of summer the bees like to hang out on the outside of the hive.   This is called  "bearding". 
Nothing to stress about,  they are just trying to stay cool like we do. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Fun

Fun things to do

Go for a bike ride on the trails.
Helmets on.
 A paddleboat ride.
Life jackets on.

 Enjoy a lazy afternoon fishing.


 
A motorcycle ride with Grandpa.
Helmets on.

 Enjoy the summer!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Butter anyone!

Homemade Butter

We made homemade butter.
We got milk from the neighbors that have a milk cow.
 
 We scooped off the cream.
 We put the cream in small jars that were chilled.
 And rolled the jars and rolled some more.

 It takes 20 to 30 minutes of rolling the jar.


 Pour off the buttermilk and
put the solid butter in a
small bowl.
 Pour ice water over to set.
Holli's butter.


 Aubri pouring off her buttermilk.
 Butter.

 Butter


You can make butter with store bought heavy cream also.
Enjoy.