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Friday, August 31, 2012

Freezer Pickles!

Friday! Already! The days are flying by so quickly; the weather has changed and it's really starting to feel like summer's end. The humidity is gone (let's hope for good!), the nights are getting cooler...yep it's starting to feel like that four letter F word...Fall!
It's been another very busy week here. Pickles, pies, putting tomatoes in the freezer, a batch of spaghetti sauce made, divided and frozen for the kiddos, a trip to SJ to set up Mark's kitchen... it just goes on and on. I think I might roast a turkey tomorrow, then I can get turkey soup made for M and L as well before they both leave.... And the cukes in the garden are calling my name, guess I'll have to get my Lady Ashburnham pickles done sometime this weekend too. And of course I have to get back to Kings Landing for another visit - it's Ag Fair weekend after all....
Speaking of pickles - have you ever heard of Freezer Pickles? Me either! Freezer jam, yes. Freezer pickles, no. I came across the recipe on Mennonite Girls Can Cook, a great Blog with wonderful recipes. Since it makes a small batch (4 pints), and the cucumbers were there for the taking, what's a girl got to lose? Only the cost of the sugar and vinegar... so I decided to give them a try. I figure it's an experiment and if they're not great, well it hasn't been a big investment of time or money. So, although I don't usually put a recipe on here unless it's tried and true, I'm stepping out on a limb with this one! They are SO quick and easy, I thought if some of you have an excess of cukes like I do, you might want to try them too. So, although I can't "guarantee" this recipe, as mine are in the freezer and I'll wait at least a month before I open the first bottle, here you go:

Freezer Pickles

8 cups sliced cucumbers, leave the peel on (sliced about 1/8" thick)
2 green peppers, sliced (optional. I omitted these and added thinly sliced onion instead)
3 tablespoons pickling salt
ice cubes

2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Wash and slice cukes. I cut mine about 1/8" thick. Sprinkle with salt, stir to distribute well. Cover with ice cubes and place in refrigerator for 3 hours. Drain and rinse well with cold water, drain again. I added the onions at this point.
Place ingredients for syrup in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Pour over cucumbers and let cool. Fill containers leaving at least 1/2" headspace. (I used mason jars, sterilizing them as usual for pickling, but you could use whatever containers you normally use for freezing). Place in freezer. For serving, remove from freezer to thaw, and enjoy!
Yield: about 4 pints

Easy Peasy!!  I will definitely let you know how they taste when I open the first jar. I'm hoping they do stay crisp as the recipe writer promised!!

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Pamela Gordon said...

I have had freezer pickles before and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I've been so busy and I doubt I'll get any Lady A pickles done this year. I think I have 1 bottle from last year so if we ate so little in a year why worry eh? There is a definite change in the air isn't there. (I don't like it) Oh well, I'll just put on a sweater and socks! lol I hope you have a great holiday weekend. Pam

Colleen G said...

My mom used to make freezer pickles, cautiously at first, but then liked how simple it was, more of her summer bounty was put up this way. They were terrific. All you very ambitious people canning and freezing and pickling, think I'll have to take advantage of the farmer's market. Maybe I'll put up some tomato salsa and spaghetti sauce. That's putting the labour into the Labour Day Weekend.

Lori E said...

what is the texture like? Do they get soggy when they thaw?
As for your comment about good moms does this still count when your kids are all grown up?

Kim, USA said...

This is the recipe I am waiting for. I would definitely made this. And yes it is very easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

Kim, USA

Sandra said...

my husband loves pickles, so I'm going to try this. I was all set to make Lady Ashburnhams for the first time and then he went and bought a huge supply from his sister!
I have the pickling spices that are all combined. How much do you think I would need to add to a batch?

Stephen said...

Well that's neat! Can't say that I've ever heard of freezer pickles either...

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