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Monday, July 7, 2008

Speaking of cucumbers...

here's a great recipe I stumbled onto last year. When I get the time I visit Homesteading Today and pick up some great tips and recipes from their cooking and recipe forums. They are a nice bunch.

Freezer Dills:

6 cups thinly sliced cucumbers (I sliced mine paper-thin last time...will make thicker this year)
1 large onion, sliced thinly
3 Tbs. pickling salt1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbs. dill weed
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional-I didn't use it because we don't like spicy stuff much.)

Mix cukes & onion together and set aside. Combine sugar, salt, vinegar, garlic, dill, and red pepper. Stir until all sugar is dissolved. Add mixture to cukes. Mix well. Pack into freezer bags, squeeze out as much air as possible. Place in freezer. When ready to eat – thaw in refrigerator.

Last year I packed them into pint sized bags, then when I took a bag out of the freezer, I let thaw and then emptied into a pint jar and kept it in the fridge. Hubby doesn't much care for them because of all the dill floating around in the jar, but I think the taste is superior to store bought dills. I loved them; plus they are hilariously easy to make. It's a quick way to use up any extra cukes you may have on hand.


jbrownlmt said...

I like this recipe. So far I am too much of a wuss to can, but love fresh pickles. I'll have to try it.

(Here from NaBloPoMo, used to live on a dairy farm, so I had to check it out.)

Calfkeeper said...

jbrownlmt-hope you like this recipe. It is easy. It's nice to hear from another dairy person, no matter that it was in the past.

Thanks for visiting.