With such a large family, I got used to cooking everything in army-sized batches. Now, with only one child still at home, I don’t need to do that anymore. But getting used to smaller batch cooking has been a challenge for me. This morning I got out all the equipment to make dill pickles when it occurred to me that I wasn’t likely to need three gallons this week. One will be plenty, and will probably leave enough left over to bring to my neighbor.
I will can larger batches for our pantry later but this early in the season I tend to make refrigerator dills a lot. They are crispy, tart, make use of the garlic that is just ready to harvest, and the dill which is producing large, fragrant heads. My own garden up here in the hills is not giving us any cukes yet, but the valley cukes are very good. They are all but giving them away down at the farmer’s market. I bought a pound yesterday and the pickles I made are chilling now. Here is the refrigerator dill pickle recipe I used. Continue reading →
Fermentation particularly seems to be an unfamiliar concept in our fast-paced culture today. Often times when Americans think of something being fermented, they equate it to being rotten or spoiled. We forget that sauerkraut, in fact, is a fermented food. And it’s highly nutritious for you, as are many fermented foods! Almost every culture around the world incorporates fermentation in their daily food preservation techniques. Americans are slowly beginning to re-learn this forgotten art. Continue reading →
When your cukes, garlic and dills are completely fresh, your pickles will be perfect! Click here to see a popular reference from Lehman’s!
I don’t make dill pickles anymore! I used to, for years. And when I did make them, many in my family like them and feel that the recipe I use is a great one. But in the past few years, I have not made anymore. Let me take you back to explain why, and share my pickle recipe with you.
In 2004, husband Norm and I bought our “forever home” in southwest Minnesota. In October of 2005, we retired from Historic Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota, and moved down here. Norm got a job and I stayed home, planning to start retirement in January.
On November 22, 2005, Norm fell and hurt his neck. He had only been working for about 6 weeks, so had no insurance at work. I took him to the VA in Sioux Falls, where they discovered that his neck was broken. He spent a week in the hospital, getting a “halo” to hold his neck still so that it could heal, as surgery was not an option. Continue reading →