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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2009 03:14:22 PM »

Some of my best memories from when I was a kid was when I was canning pickles with my Granddad. I think I need to start canning again!
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2009 04:42:54 PM »

How I would love some homemade canned pickles right now.  Smiley We canned some strawberry preserves and froze some summer squash. Didn't get a very good crop of cucumbers though. Thanks for sharing the pics!

« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009 12:26:36 PM »

Wow! your garden is just in my dream! The pickles look fabulous!

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2009 02:48:04 PM »

Yum Yum!! You're so lucky to have such a beautiful garden! We have a tiny little urban garden here in sunny CA and I can't wait until it really takes off. 

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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2009 04:11:53 PM »

I am so glad I read this - I am making turkey stock and mincemeat as we speak.  And we just got a new flat top stove.  I will have to watch the heat! 

I hate to say I am cheap & have never bought a canner...I use my stock pots & steam pressure seal a few jars at a time.  I'm not sure if it makes a difference - I've only made pickles once & I don't remember the directions - my liquids are usually already boiling when I add them to the jars (eg, stocks, jellies, etc).  I close the jars & put them on my veggie steamer, to elevate them in the boiling water.  And they "cook" for about 5-10 minutes.  I pull the jars off & put them on my baking cooling rack & wait for the popping noise of the jars sealing as the steam cools & condenses.  I've rarely had a problem with a jar breaking or cracking.

Anyway, the pickles look great.  I planted some pickling cucumbers this year - we'll see how they do.  I have to plant things in pots because of our crappy clay soil & plant right after the last freeze & hope everything grows before the Texas summer heat kicks in.

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