Monday, July 2, 2012

That's a Quick Pickle

Yes indeed, I really like pickles. Which is a really good thing because at this very moment we have 8 giant cucumbers growing in the garden. I picked up what looks to be English cucumbers this year, but I can't be certain at this point since I threw away the marker, oh well. This is seriously the simplest pickle recipe I've ever tried. It would be perfect to make the morning of your backyard BBQ. They would be tasty on burgers or chopped up as relish for some grilled hot dogs or sausages. Ours are getting eaten up just as they are though. Here's how it's done.

1-2 large cucumbers
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tsps sugar
1 tsp salt (or just a little less, ours were a little salty)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried dill
1 cracked clove of garlic
2-3 juniper berries
Dash of cayenne/dried hot pepper (optional) 

I found the recipe here but of course didn't have quite the right things so I improvised. Slice the cucumbers on a diagonal in 1/2" pieces and place in a heat proof bowl with dill and bay leaf. Pour vinegar and remaining ingredients into a pan and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Add the pickle liquid to the cucumbers, stir, and allow to cool to room temperature before refrigeration. Stir the mixture periodically throughout the day to a insure complete cover. Once you are ready to eat, bring them out and impress your friends!

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