Tag: pickles

Sweet Pickles from Ripe Cucumbers

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on November 3, 2015 32 Comments
Sweet Pickles from Ripe Cucumbers

Those huge, end-of-the-garden cucumbers make wonderful sweet pickles. Just follow this long-time family recipe. When I was a child in the 60’s and 70’s most meals at Nana’s house included homemade Russian Bear Pickles. The recipe had been passed down from Nana’s mother and was everyone’s favorite. But, as the grandchildren grew up and left […]

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Zucchini Relish

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 12, 2015 0 Comments
Zucchini Relish

“You can’t make relish, that’s something you buy at the store!” Words of disdain and unbelief from a young teen. Our nephew was visiting. His desired foods at age 13 were very limited. But, like most teens, he liked hot dogs. With relish. At least he liked hot dogs with relish until I broke out […]

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Tart and Sweet Book Review

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 5, 2015 0 Comments
Tart and Sweet Book Review

101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen I recently purchased a copy of Tart and Sweet by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler. The book was published in 2010, but the great thing about books – cookbooks in particular – is that they never seem to grow old. That is why we happily pass […]

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What Is Pickling Salt?

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 29, 2015 0 Comments
What Is Pickling Salt?

Do you have to use special salt when making pickles? Here’s a canning question I am often asked; “What is pickling salt?” Basically, pickling salt is regular, everyday salt with NO additives. Most regular table salt, iodized or not, contains additives that keep the salt flowing smoothly. I am guessing it hasn’t always been this […]

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Refrigerator Pickled Purslane

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 25, 2015 0 Comments
Refrigerator Pickled Purslane

The garden is devoid of cucumbers, so I am pickling purslane! A few years ago I wrote a post about growing purslane. The feedback was varied. Some people were amazed that I intentionally grow what is often considered an invasive weed. Others were appalled that I intentionally grow what is often considered an invasive weed. […]

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Non-Reactive Pots and Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 18, 2015 0 Comments
Non-Reactive Pots and Pickling

Can you use aluminum cookware when pickling? It’s pickling season here in the Mid-Columbia. My favorite local farmer is now taking orders for pickling cukes. Actually, his advertisement originally said “tickling cukes.” Obviously the newspaper’s classified ad designer is not a home canner! So, whether you are putting up pickling cukes, tickling cukes, or any […]

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Which Vinegar to Use When Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 15, 2015 9 Comments
Which Vinegar to Use When Pickling

What is the best kind of vinegar to use when making pickles? Here is a question I am often asked; “What vinegar should I use to make pickles?”   The answer? You can use any kind of vinegar, as long as it is at least 5% acid. Each vinegar adds it’s own personality to your […]

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10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 18, 2015 0 Comments
10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

It’s fresh cherry season. A season that is just too short for my liking. Each year I try to figure out new ways to preserve the harvest so I can enjoy sweet cherries all year long. Here are 10 of my favorite preservation methods: 1. Freeze  – last year I picked about 60 lbs of […]

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Have a Food Safe Memorial Day Picnic

Filed in Real Food by on May 14, 2015 0 Comments
Have a Food Safe Memorial Day Picnic

The unofficial start of summer will be here soon. Make sure your picnic is safe and enjoyable. Summer is a good time to refresh our memory about food safety. Follow these simple tips for an enjoyable season, free from food poisoning.   Keep cold food cold: Cold food should be kept below 40 degrees to […]

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Friday Round-Up: Asparagus Recipes

Filed in Real Food by on May 8, 2015 0 Comments
Friday Round-Up: Asparagus Recipes

Make the best of the short asparagus season with these mouth-watering recipes. Have you ever taken a long flight? One where you travel from one end of the continent to the other? Or a trans-continental flight? How do you feel when you finally unfold yourself and get off the plane? I personally look and feel […]

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