Pickles :: Preserving My Domestic Goddess Status

Fourth of July weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making homemade pickles. Ever since my friend Rose delivered a jar of delicious homemade dills last month, I've been craving more. So as not to return her pickle jar empty, I followed an easy recipe for fast refrigerator pickles in this month's Everyday Food and paired cucumber rounds with pearl onions for my own pickled combo!

The pickle chips & onions are fabulously crisp, sweet & salty and tangy! Next time, I will definitely add some garlic cloves. And maybe a bit more dill.

When I made my first batch of homemade strawberry jam last February, Rose, our village's "Almighty Queen of the True And Loyal Order of Domestic Goddesses," proclaimed me a Bona Fide Domestic Goddess, First Class. So, now with pickles in my repertoire, I'm hoping to preserve this lofty status. And next month, when I attempt to can tomatoes with our (hopeful) summer harvest, just maybe I can even gain a rank!

Fast Homemade Pickles (recipe from Everyday Food)
In a medium saucepan, combine 3 cups white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 tsp. coarse salt, 1/2 tsp. mustard seed, 1/2 tsp. celery seed, 2-4 small red chiles (optional) and 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric. Bring to a bpoil, stirring to dissolve suagr. Arrange prepared vegetables and 1 1/2 c. fresh dill fronds in one or more jars. Pour hot brine into jar to completely cover vegetables and seal jar. Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours (or up to one week).


Kangaroo said...

yummy--i have some homegrown, handpicked georgia cukes in my fridge just waiting to join yours and roses in pickling heaven.

Rose said...

Wow! Let the pickle fest continue! My second batch just got "pickled" enough to eat and are they ever delicious!! Homemade pickles are way better than store bought!

I think you deserve a promotion in rank for this one!

Your next assignment: homemade bread from scratch and by hand.

Mmmm...that sounds good. I may have to go make some bread.

Liquid Pen said...

i am in awe of all the domesticity. You ladies rock. You may need matching juju aprons or something. I do love pickles!!!! Think I should jump on the wagon?

Cate said...

love pickles. would you mind if i made these over the weekend and linked to you next week? strawberry jam is also on the agenda-it will be a big weekend for hanging out at home and stoking the domestic goddess fires.

Cathy said...

mmmmmm. I would LOVE to try some of those pickles... any chance of that? great fun photo of the girls boy that kitchen looks familiar :) miss u, love,Cath