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My wife plans to make dill cube pickles tomorrow. Along with freezing about 10 lb. of okra and about a dozen green sweet peppers. That is, after canning a dozen or so pints of green beans.

Me, I'm going to be at the NC state bee meeting tomorrow and Friday.
 

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My wife made pickled okra for years, we now buy it in gallon jugs at Sam'S club cheaper than you can grow and can it.The only difference is, when you make it you know what' in it. :confused: Jack
 

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Nice looking beets and pickles Omie,hope this years turns out as well as last years,don't forget the pics.

We tried something new this year that's called "Pickle Crisp" made by Ball,and our pickles turned out great and were very crisp and crunchy.
 

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When i see the word pickle, it reminds me when we sold cucumbers to the pickle factory. Our field was in the Sac river bottom,someone would rake the vines back to see if there was a big juicy copperhead under it before we done any picking, :eek: then when we we took the cucumbers in they would tell us they were too short or too long, never just right and would dock the price. :confused: One year was enough for us dumb farmers. :mrgreen: Jack
 

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If you really love your "man" Omie I'd put some okra in next year!!!! I ALWAYS plant okra, its a given!!!! You could probably plant it in w/ the cukes and they would just grow up and over them!!!! When I make pickled okra I put in some hot peppers or it gets eaten too fast!!!! I like to put in green beans and garlic too! I'm about out of relish Jack, if your out and around Alaska this year drop some off!!!! All I've been able to can up here is snow so far!!!!! I am trying to get on a list for a community garden so I can plant next year. I miss my farm!!!!
 

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AK. sounds pretty good after today, over 100 F today and supposed to be hotter tomorrow. Several people have told me there garden is cooked. I was lucky last week, got two showers 4 tenths one day and the next day 5 tenths and caught 3 ***** in my live traps. They got into the sweetcorn patch ( the ears didn't even have kernels on them yet) one night and i put up a 4 wire electric fence and set my traps. Between wild animals, insects,( Japanese beetles) birds and fungus, it's getting harder to produce veggies. :roll: Jack
 

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I've put up 11 qts of "grandma's garlic dills" myself and the plants keep putting them on, of course the bees keep hitting those blooms early every morning.
 

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brooksbeefarm said:
someone would rake the vines back to see if there was a big juicy copperhead under it before we done any picking, :eek:

Maybe you should have tried pickling the copperheads. :p
I used to pickle local poisinous snakes in formaldehyde but can't do that any more, that preservative is now outlawed as carcinogenic. :(
I once had a lab assistant who brought fried snake slices to class ---no one was willing to taste them. :dash1:
 

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Omie, they make my mouth water. :coolphotos:
 

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I made some bread and butter slices last week, and as luck would have it, I was a couple of jars short on cukes in that batch. Since I had counted on a full canner, I had made a full recipe of vinegar and spices.

Not wanting to throw out the liquid, I glanced in the fridge at the half dozen squash I was going to freeze that afternoon. Hmmm...I said to myself. Yep, I sliced those squash, threw them in the hot jars with the vinegar and processed them right along with the cucumbers.

Everyone I have shared with has eaten an entire pint jar at one sitting!
 

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Real nice job on the pickles Omie,you should maybe enter those in the fair,they look like blue ribbon winners to me :thumbsup: .
 

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those look wonderful Omie! Me and Baby Beek have been working on watermelon rind pickles, they won't be ready to can until day after tomorrow though. We also have sweet and dill relish to make and dill pickles for XLB, bread and butter for my hubby, and sweet pickle chunks for Baby Beek and Little Man. I love making pickles!
 

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Mama, can you email me your recipe for watermelon rind pickles? I have always wanted to try a batch (if they are simple) and this year, I planted some vines.

Ormie, thanks for the tip on pickling beans. I have canned all I need (and some for Christmas gifts) so I was wondering what to do with the new ones coming in.
 

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Ladyleo, the watermelon pickles are easy enough just time consuming.

Watermelon Rind Pickles
5lbs watermelon rind
2 1/2 lbs sugar or 5 cups honey
2 cups vinegar (I like apple cider vinegar for these but white works too)
2 cups water
1/2 Tbs cloves (can substitute 1/2 tsp clove oil)
1 TBS cinnamon (can sub 1/2 cinnamon oil)

Pare watermelon rin and cut into 2" pieces. Mix 1/2 cup salt with 2 quarts water and soak rind overnight. Drain and rinse well. Drain again. Cook rind in fresh water just until tender. Drain.

Combine vinegar, water, and spices. Bring to a boil and pour over the rind. Allow to stand overnight. In the morning drain syrup and boil several minutes. Pour syrup over rind again. Repeat this step for 3 days.

On the third day cook rind and syrup together for 3 minutes. Pack into jars and water bath for 5 minutes.


I came down with a virus so pickling is on hold a few days now.
 
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