What is the least expensive way to make your favorite pickles? Do you have a favorite type of pickle; and you cannot replicate the taste in your homemade pickles? Do you have some room in your refrigerator for a bunch of pickles?
To make refrigerator pickles you make your own brine. You bring the brine to a boil and dip the slices of cucumber in the brine. Instead of making your own brine, take a jar of pickles in which you have eaten all the pickles but still have all the brine left. Cut up enough cucumbers to refill the jar. Be sure to use freshly harvested cucumbers that have not been dipped in wax. Make the pieces no bigger than 3/8 of an inch thick.
Bring the brine to a boil in a saucepan. Dip the pieces of cucumber in the boiling brine. Put the pieces in the now empty jar which will start to heat up the jar. When the jar is full of dipped pieces, pour the heated brine which should have boiled for about five minutes on top of the pieces of cucumbers. Replace the lid on the jar. Allow the pickles to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate them. In about two days, they should be ready to eat.
Now is the time of the greatest portion of the harvest. Tomatoes are ripe which can be made into stewed tomatoes, canned tomatoes, salsa, tomato sauce, and wimpie sauce. Apples are ripening which can be made into applesauce, canned apple rings, and schnitz(dried apples). Pears are ripening which can be canned in quarters, made into pear sauce or dried. Peppers can be made into pickled peppers as well as being a big part of salsa. Peppers can be frozen to be used in chili .
Break open a canning, cook book and see what looks interesting. Then go to your local grower or a farmer’s market and see what is available. The only way to find out if you are able to preserve food for the winter is to try. I taught a woman how to make salsa last year. When we were finished, she kept repeating,”I can make salsa!”
She has taken courses in college and traveled but she was still overjoyed that she could make salsa and can it for the winter. I have many rambunctious boys in my home so I hide my jars of canned food in cabinets, but many women display their hard work on a decorated shelf in the kitchen. Our usefulness to others increases our value to others and our own self-esteem. Preserve the plenty!!!