PICKLES!

Good evening!

We have been very busy processing summer squash and poling the beans. I wanted to share with y’all that we made our first batch of pickles today. We chose sliced and in the fridge verses crop pot for a week.

Our recipe is a combination of several recipes.

For 9 cups sliced cucumbers.

3 cups white distilled vinegar

6 cups sugar

2 tbsp dill weed

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground mustard

4 cloves garlic freshly minced

2 cups sweet onion diced

2 dashes of freshly ground black pepper.

We boiled everything but the cucumbers until the sugar was melted.

We had the cucumbers in a large bowl and poured the strong-smelling stuff over them, covered with plastic wrap, with squash on top to weight down the floating cucumbers.  About 2 hours later Durbs tried one and says they are sweet and spicy just the way he likes them. Anny tried one too, but they are a bit spicy for her. The longer they soak the better I bet they will taste! I am sick of vinegar right now so i will have to wait till tomorrow to try one.

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Our Crowder peas have bloomed! And I am surprised by how beautiful the flowers are. Even if the deer eat them, they are very pretty!

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Tomorrow we will continue putting up poles, burning and even clearing more land. We have burned through over half our wood pile by using the 6′-8′ branches and trunks for bean poles. We plan to keep these to use again next year if needed.

Good night everyone. Love y’all, blessings be with yas!

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