Too many cooks in the kitchen?

I’ve never made pickles before, but my family loves them. So this year I planted four pickling cucumber plants. I raked in my first lot of cucumbers and took a stab at my first ever batch of dill pickles.

Apparently Paul has done some reading up on pickle making and had his own ideas of what we should do-said pickles need to have vinegar – the deli dills we buy from the grocery have vinegar – every pickle recipe he has ever seen calls for vinegar!

I did my own research, but I actually printed out a recipe, so we did things my way; dill pickles with no vinegar. Paul cut the cucumbers into spears while I boiled water to sterilize the mason jars, measured out the spices, and made the brine.

With Paul observing, I packed the cucumber spears into the jars with the spices. When the jars were all packed, I filled the jars with brine, covered the tops with cheese cloth and then put them in the cupboard as the recipe called for a cool, dark place for the fermentation process.

When I turned around, I saw an almost empty pot of water with mason jar lids sitting in the bottom. Right next to that was a full pot of the brine. Uh-ohhhhh.

I had bathed my pickles in boiled water, not brine! Paul said, “I wondered why there were lids in the bottom of the pot, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to make you angry.

I rolled my eyes at him and marched back over to the cupboard. I pulled the jars out and took them to the sink where I poured the water out right through the cheese cloth, keeping the spices and pickles-to-be inside. I stripped off the cheese cloth, filled the jars up with brine and put new cheese cloth over the tops.

That was yesterday. This morning my cupboard is emitting a most lovely dill pickle smell. Monday is taste-test day. We’ll let you know how things go. If they’re not perfect, the next batch of pickles will have vinegar in them!

homemade dill pickles

Save

This entry was posted in and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Too many cooks in the kitchen?

  1. Pingback: Pickle Update… at Downeast Thunder Farm

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Bog Brook Cove Bluff

A couple of years ago, Hannah and I hiked one of the Bog Brook Cove trails in Trescott. I remember discovering a lovely cove inhabited by seals at the end … Continue reading

sturgeon full moon Evening Walk on the Sunrise

Hannah and I both spent the day working. Come dinner time, we felt the need to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful day. We headed to Machias, parked and walked … Continue reading

Hannah's 18th Birthday Eighteen

She’s 18 today. In the blink of an eye, she’s grown up. No longer is she the shy little girl who did her best not to stand out – all … Continue reading

monarch chrysalis Monarch Caterpillar Becomes a Chrysalis

Yesterday was a lucky day for me. I was working at home day on website projects when I noticed one of the caterpillars Hannah and I have been raising hanging … Continue reading

The Lobster Chair

The WHRL’s summer fundraising auction held over the weekend had a new feature this year. In addition to the raffle-style auction, we had a “Chair-ity” silent auction. Local artists decorated … Continue reading

hannah dancing moose The Dancing Moose

The summer season is short here along the coast of Maine. For me, doesn’t feel as if summer is in full-swing until Milbridge Days, our community celebration. It’s a fun … Continue reading