pickled spears & slices

when summer rolls around each year, the domestic goddess in me, comes out and wants to pickle and can to her hearts desire.  when our plants bore their first fruits in our humble garden, my husband and i looked at one another and beamed at the perfect cucumber we created.  then we found another one and another one...and another one!  ahh so many cucumbers!!  what to do with all of them...hmm..."how about pickles?" said the domestic goddess...yay pickles!  or how about chomping down cucumbers still warm and crisp from the garden?

summer means pulling weeds and planting flowers, which is most conveniently done in a swimsuit and wide-brimmed garden hat.  as my friend put it, "it's a swimsuit right? it's not like wearing underwear outside, it's a swimsuit!"  take that you hot, nasty, sweaty nebraska weather!  i can look cute outside!

summer, to me, also means sipping on cold, grapefruit bubbly water while coaxing flies out the back door.  not sure why i feel their lives need to be spared.  speaking of lives, i ran over a snake with the lawn mower this afternoon...oopsies!  if bad omens existed, i should be real worried since that's my zodiac sign scattered across the lawn.

aaand i just found out that our new house came with one of the best surprises...naked ladies!  the flower kind pervert.  google it if you don't know what they look like and don't click images (unless, you know, if that's your thing).

 

pickled cucumbers

6 small sized cucumbers (preferably the length of a mason jar)

4 c water

2 c white vinegar

3 T + 2 t salt

3 T + 1 t sugar

a few chili peppers

a few cloves of garlic

a few black tea bags (naturally keeps cucumbers crisp!)

6 mason jars (wide mouth or regular)

 

 

 

 

 

 

<3 vuu

method

1) cut cucumbers in half length wise and then once more lengthwise to form spears.  if you prefer slices, slice with a knife or a japanese mandolin (what I like most) into 3/8" slices.

2) to sanitize jars and jar rings, completely submerge in a large pot of boiling water for at least 10 mins.

3) remove jars and stuff with cucumber spears or slices.  in each jar place 1 clove of garlic, 1 chili pepper and 1 black tea bag (with string removed).

4) combine the rest of the ingredients into a sauce pot and bring to a boil.

5) place jar lids into boiling water for 10 mins.  pour hot liquid into jars until very full.  wipe rims of jars if any liquid splashed there.

6) place jar lids on top and secure with ring.  patiently wait for 1 day!  (can you do it?? i almost couldn't)

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