How many of you wash your self-grown produce thoroughly before eating it? I’ve eaten dirt knowingly. Not a lot of it, and I know it’s weird, but if you grow something organically, is it even bad for you? Answer: No, if you follow the rules. Anyway, I was asked this question so I figured I’d put something on the blog about it. Continue reading Should You Clean Your Garden And Store-Bought Vegetables Before Eating Them?
The most important thing I have learned is to go strictly by the recipe when you start out. I’m happy to say I’ve learned my lesson! Continue reading Fermentation, Take 2
On this, the National Day of Pickles here in the U.S.A, I’m celebrating by compiling a list of my favorite recipes! A few are even videos! My current favorite food blog is TheKitchn, and the recipe is fantastic. They LOOK delicious (at right) when they are done, and they are spicy from the red pepper flakes, but oh, with a sandwich.. heaven in a jar. … Continue reading 4 of my all-time favorite pickle recipes and videos
I had a few cucumbers laying around and didn’t want to wait for more to ripen. Here’s what a micro-batch of sweet and sour pickles looks like! Continue reading The Beginner’s Basic Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe
Decided to try something new the other day, and thought I would write a little about it. Seeing ‘Sweet and Spicy’ on the side of these, I imagined they would be like bread and butter pickles, but with a kick. That’s really not the case. Continue reading Hot and delicious, McClure’s Pickles
Cucumbers the size of a baby! Continue reading What’s the time? Pickle time.
Or at least that’s what it should look like. The taste? Not so much. They taste musty, the same as they smell. Another day another lesson learned. It was the jalapeno I think. Use only FRESH ingredients. Let this be a lesson to you! *has a parental flashforward* Continue reading Now That’s A Pickle!
History: I fermented cucumbers for the first time. Now it’s tasting time. Well tomorrow is. And I have everything I need – medicine for upset stomach, *etc.*, my phone in case I need a medical evacuation, the list goes on. Everything is set. Altan says to wait 6-7 days from the start of fermentation. I waited 5 because the bubbles stopped (his other symptom of … Continue reading Tomorrow is Tasting Day
Wish me luck! Apparently this is a touchy process, so these could go bad. All that growing and they could end up in the compost! Two ended up going into the compost. I like to taste my cucumbers after I cut the ends off, just to be sure they haven’t gone bad. All it takes is to cut a thin slice from the end. Glad … Continue reading First go at fermentation
Look at these tiny (2-3 inch) oblong cucumbers! I should have put a ruler here for comparison. It’s getting hotter! It was 103F (39.4C) today, but that’s only because the monsoon rains are cooling off the air. On a normal, dry, sunny day it gets up to 110F, (44.3C) or 100F (37.8C) in the shade, easily. I’m in zone 9, and the end of August … Continue reading Tiny and thick cucumbers