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For Those of You With an Over-abundance of Cucumbers . . .

by admin - August 26th, 2010.
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After losing all of last year’s tomato plants to late blight, I wasn’t too optimistic about this year’s garden, but it’s not doing too badly.

Last year all I planted was the tomatoes, some Summer squash, and a few bush beans in two raised bed planters and a few extra large pots. I had covered the regular gardening area with sheets of cardboard and a lot of leaves and let it lie fallow. I’m pretty sure that it was because of this that this year’s cucumber crop was the best I’ve ever had. Those rotten cucumber beetles took much longer than usual to find (and kill) my vines since there had been nothing that really attracted them last year.

We couldn’t keep us with the harvest, so I searched the Web for a good pickle recipe and found one named “Bread and Butter Pickles II” on All Recipes.Com. It’s definitely a “keeper”!  I would like to add; however, that you should definitely rinse the cucumber slices (possibly more than once) before you drain them and add them to the brine.  If you don’t you’re likely to end up with some mighty salty pickles!

I remembered that when I was just a kid, the women in my neighborhood used to stick a grape leaf or two in with their pickles. It was supposed to keep them crisper. Since we have quite a few wild grape vines in our yard (unfortunately, all with male flowers — so we never get any grapes), I decided to do the same. I did pack one jar without the grape leaves to see if there was any difference in the texture of the pickles. I’ll post the results after we open that jar.

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