06 Aug '11, 2pm

Garden Giving You Cucumbers? Make Quick Pickles!

Garden Giving You Cucumbers? Make Quick Pickles!

Select fresh, unwaxed, firm pickling cucumbers. The fresher the produce, the crisper the pickle. Wash cucumbers well in cool water to remove all dirt, which may contain a bacteria that softens pickles. To remove the “blossom,” which also contains pickle-softening enzymes, slice 1/4 inch off the cucumber’s stem end. For a clear pickling solution, use pure pickling salt without iodine or anti-caking agents. If you can’t find pickling salt, use Kosher salt. White distilled vinegar does not discolor the produce. Use commercial vinegar of 5 percent or greater acidity. Some old recipes call for firming agents such as lime or alum. These are unnecessary if you use quality ingredients and follow up-to-date canning methods. Heat pickling liquids in stainless steel, aluminum glass, or unchipped enamelware pans. Copper, brass, galvanized or iron utensils may react with the acid and d...

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