Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First time canning pickles

Kerr jars

Our garden is if full production mode. We have a ton of cucumbers and zucchini, maybe not quite a ton but a lot. A few hundred pounds I'm sure. I've been baking, shredding, and cooking everyday and barely making a dent. I need to pick up a new Grandma skill!

It's time I learned to pickle. Yesterday I followed the directions from the Kitchn . It was really easy. I found the whole process of canning a bit intimadating before getting started. Lots of "What
If" questions. What if the cans don't seal, what if they aren't good, what if I do it wrong. "What's ifs" be gone! I read the directions, check a few other sources to double check what I was unsure of and dove in. I can't wait for these babies to be ready. I'll admit I probably didn't choose the best cucumbers. I have pickers in the garden ready to go but used what was in the house already. I didn't use dill seeds or whole garlic cloves, I used what I had on hand. I will, however, order dill seeds for the next batch and a filler funnel.

I made a batch of fridge pickles from zucchini as well. We'll see what happens.

Do you can? What's your favorite technique, resources, recipes? I'm so eager to learn and try more!

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