Fortunately, I have a great book on pickling.
Unfortunately, it’s 100°F outside (37.7777778°C) and the thought of boiling a huge kettle of water on the stove for canning is repulsive.
Fortunately, there are some pickle recipes that don’t involve heat. Even better, some recipes involve the freezer.
Unfortunately, all the Freezer Pickle recipes are sweet pickles. I’m not keen on sweet pickles.
Fortunately, I don’t usually follow recipes to the letter. I’m going to make Lime-Mint Freezer Pickles, but where the recipe calls for a small ripe sweet pepper, I’m going to use a couple of fresh hot chile peppers. That will take the edge off the sweetness, I hope. I’m thinking the purple Chinese Five-Color peppers would look cool with the green cucumbers, but I don’t know if the color will hold. We’ll see. The rest of the ingredients besides sugar and vinegar are garlic, onion, fresh mint, and lime zest. The procedure is very simple. Salt and drain cucumbers, mix with the rest of the ingredients, refrigerate several hours and then pack into containers and store in the freezer. According to the book, the cucumbers will stay crunchy in the freezer when prepared this way. This seems incredible to me and I’m only on Step 1 at the moment, but I’ll let you know how they turn out. This made a big dent in my stash of cucumbers, so I may not drown after all.
And I’m making Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup for dinner. I know I had a good recipe for this, but don’t remember where it came from. Basically, it’s a purée of cucumber and garlic and yogurt.
We have eaten well from the garden this week:
- BLTs/BLT salad with basil/garlic mayonnaise (about 3 times) (previous BLT posts: 1, 2, 3)
- Cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil; again
- Alsatian Gazpacho; again (this contains cucumber, by the way)
- Cucumber wedges with ground red chile, salt and lime juice
- My mother-in-law’s cucumber koshimbir with yogurt
- My mother-in-law’s cucumber koshimbir without yogurt
- My mother-in-law’s fried okra
- Potatoes & onions in foil packets on the grill
P.S. The author of The Joy of Pickling – Linda Ziedrich – has a wonderfully interesting blog.