Summer Pickles

Spicy Barrel-style Cucumber Pickles

Over the last several months we’ve done a fair amount of pickling, preserving, and canning. I’ve just posted a handful of photos of some of the projects on our flickr pages.

Several of the recipes were taken from the book Quick Pickles, which is hardly a traditional preserving resource, but has some excellent vegetable treatments that are worth a look. Every year we try a new recipe or two from this book and every one has been easy and fun to prepare, and delicious to eat!

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4 Responses to Summer Pickles

  1. Omniwhore says:

    I love this picture, and I love pickles!

    Wish I’d planned ahead like you guys! Can you recommend any other good preserving resources?

    Btw, Food and Wine is having a food porn contest.

  2. Patrick says:

    “Planned ahead” makes it sound a little . . . less chaotic than I remember! Heh. What really happened was, the guy at the Persephone Farms stand told me that if I got 10 pounds of pickling cukes I’d get a significant quantity discount. I think the way he put it was “Hey, you could get three more pounds here and it’d only cost a dollar more.” So then I had to put up ten pounds of pickles and in a hurry! It was certainly worth it. Their pickling cukes are the best.

    Another resource I like, one that is more practical and includes actual canning instructions, is Barbara Ciletti’s Creative Pickling At Home. There’s still time to put up mustard greens, tomatoes, eggplant . . . go nuts!

  3. Angelina says:

    My husband and I just moved to McMinnville in April of this year (35 miles SW of Portland). I found your website right before our move from Santa Rosa CA and was excited to find other people calling themselves “Urban Homesteaders” I have just caught up on all the chicken news (dreadful) and now see that you’re pickling! (I did my first cucumber pickle project this August but have yet to taste the results.) I just wanted to say I really enjoy both of your writing on subjects very important to me. I had similar chicken experiences in Santa Rosa (where they are NOT legal) and really feel for you and the frustrations you’ve experienced. I got a new flock here and hope I never have to deal with neighbors like yours (up to twelve hens are allowed here without permission) Anyway, I look forward to hearing more about what homesteading projects you are up to in the future.

  4. jenn says:

    When the student is ready to learn, the teacher appears.

    I found your website as I was looking for a place to buy live chickens in Waller, TX. After spending a few hours reading your posts, I ordered Carla Emery’s book and have been reading it almost every day.

    I also was sorry to read about your chickens. They are beautiful girls. It’s a shame about the situation.

    I just wanted to say thank you for publishing your blog, and I look forward to your updates.

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