Food prices are soaring in the supermarkets and many consumers are growing their own produce this year. Gardening is beneficial in more ways than just taking the edge off your grocery bill.
- Working outside tones those muscles that seldom get used.
- Make gardening a family activity, with many teaching and bonding moments.
- Being outdoors and doing something productive will actually lift your spirits.
- The vegetables you produce are not only cheaper, but better for you.
A successful garden will often provide more produce than you are prepared to handle. Sharing the excess with family & friends is always an option, or peddling the veggies will bring in a few extra bucks. Why not keep your eye open for some easy recipes that will put your produce to good use? This is a good one to try for your cucumbers.
EASY SWEET PICKLES
Wash cucumbers. Pack tightly in 1/2 gal. or 1 qt. jars. Cucumbers must be whole. To each 1/2 gal. add:
2 tsp. pickling salt
2 rounded tsp. powdered alum
1 1/2 Tbsp. pickling spices
2 cups vinegar
Finish filling jar with hot water and seal. Let set for 2 or 3 weeks. They will keep from season to season, and can be opened as needed.
When you open, drain liquid and discard. Wash cucumbers thoroughly in cold water. Slice cucumbers and place in mixing bowl. For each 1/2 gal. of cucumbers mix 3 cups sugar and 1/2 cup water. Remember, 2 qt. jars equal 1/2 gal. Pour the sugar mixture over the pickle slices and stir.
These will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. Make sure and stir the pickles occasionally as sugar will go to the bottom.
This is one of those recipes that we all love to find. The ones that really make you look like a great cook! We hope you find that this is one of the dishes that is requested time and again at all your family dinners. It will also go good on a BBQ chicken burger!