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gherkin
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2010 11:54:47 AM »

WOW!  I LOVE gherkins!  (Check out my name and blog address below! Wink

I will definitely try this recipe!

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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2010 11:58:38 AM »

OMG. Pickles are my FAVORITE food. I spend SO much money on them!!! I ALWAYS have at least one jar in my fridge!!
When I was a little girl, my grandfather promised that he'd show me how to make pickles so I wouldn't eat up all of his. But he died of Cancer before he got the chance.
Thank you so much for sharing your aunt's recipe with us!!! I will be trying this soon!
Thanks again.

*Oh! and I have one question!*

If I am doing the fridge method, do I still need to boil the brine before putting in the jar and adding pickles? Or do I just add all ingredients without any boiling (even of brine) what so ever, and just put in the fridge?
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2010 12:50:44 PM »

*Oh! and I have one question!*

If I am doing the fridge method, do I still need to boil the brine before putting in the jar and adding pickles? Or do I just add all ingredients without any boiling (even of brine) what so ever, and just put in the fridge?

When I make fridge pickles, I still boil the brine. The only difference is that you won't be processing your jars in the hot water bath to seal the lids. You can just let the jars cool off on the counter, put lids on them, and put them in the fridge. I think the boiling hot brine poured over the soaked/cold cukes is what makes them crunchy. Good luck - let me know how it turns out!
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2010 05:49:32 PM »

Was it coincidence that you posted this on the VERY SAME day that the squash-like volunteer vines (leftover from incomplete composting) in my garden turned out to be not cantalope, as I thought, but indeed, are CUCUMBERS!!??!!??

I THINK NOT!  Roll Eyes Shocked Roll Eyes Shocked

Thanks for the recipe (and I'm an old veteran of hot water bath canning- I don't have enough room in my fridge for refrigerator pickles) 

Here's to the coming Apicklelypse!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2010 08:25:40 AM »

OOOHHHH!!  I love canning!
I haven't tried pickles yet, but my dad & I tackled strawberries & rhubarb last year- we made some DELICIOUS jam!

p.s. Penzey's (a spice company) sells a pickling spice that sounds amazing.  I have not tried it, but it has some serious good stuff in it- like yellow & brown mustard seed, allspice, cinnamon, bay leaves, dill seed, cloves, ginger, black peppercorns, star anise, coriander, juniper, mace, cardamom, and crushed red pepper. has anyone tried this?

p.s. how do they taste?   Grin
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2010 05:45:39 AM »

I have not tried any pickling spice, but I'm sure it is delicious. These pickles are salty, garlicky goodness. I usually double the garlic, just to ward off vampires. There is no such thing as too much garlic.
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« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2010 03:39:35 PM »

The hot water bath basically entails heating your jars in hot water, filling them with your cukes/brine, then boiling them ("processing") for whatever your recipe calls for. If you have not canned before, I suggest just making these in the fridge. They are just as good, and much simpler. You can definitely put in any other veggies with the cukes. I use the same brine recipe to pickle everything- banana peppers, asparagus, mushrooms. It makes for a delicious bloody mary garnish!

Awesome, thank you!
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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2010 10:41:11 PM »

I've made refrigerator pickles before, but no apocalyptic pickles (sounds like a band name)...yet.  My next canning venture for certain!
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2010 12:49:19 PM »

I've always wanted to make my own pickles.  Your recipe sounds so much simpler and more straight forward than the average.  Thanks for posting it!  It sounds so easy I may have to try it myself.
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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2010 11:17:07 PM »

Pickles are my FAVOURITE food. Yum! These look and sound wonderful!
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