Besides the fact that C and the rest of my family really like these pickles, they are very easy to make and represent a lot of nostalgia for me. As Witt says, "There are all kinds of ways to make pickles, but it seems the old-fashioned way is the best." My grandmother made these pickles when I was very young, and I'm simply carrying on the tradition. This tradition may die with me, though. My daughters are far too busy (and likely too affluent) to learn to pickle and can. I often wonder how they manage to accomplish all they must do in today's world.
Today was one of the easiest days. All I did was drain the cukes and cover them once more with boiling water.
Trinity, there are lots of other recipes, most of which are much quicker. One of the things I like about this particular recipe is that they are ready to eat as soon as they're finished. Several others of my recipes require a month or more after bottling before they've developed enough flavour.
Sep 11, 2009 | 1:12 PM PST
I can almost taste them, the pickles. My mom used to make about 4 different kinds, they were so good. One year I pickled some green beans and some carrots. I have also had dilled snap peas, and wow are they good. I am so happy you are keeping up with tradition, they can't buy that in a jar. It's special. JJ
Sep 12, 2009 | 3:07 AM PST
Be sure to write down the recipe for your children. They might not be interested now, but I find the older I get, the more interested in family tradition I become. They may change and decide later that they want to make pickles just like mom did.
Sep 12, 2009 | 7:33 AM PST
You're right, Witt. I have a collection of my favourite recipes in a photo album (where I can wipe the pages when they get mucky) and on my computer. The kids occasionally ask for some of my recipes and it's easy to send them off from the computer.