Fresh out of the Canner Kettle
A New Twist on Tried and True
In the past, we have used various methods to convert cucumbers into a fermented product referred to herein as a pickle.In the past, we have mixed a salt, water and vinegar brine together and used it to make pickles.
This year, we are using a package mix made by Mrs. Wages. Dill Pickle flavor. Dill is not the only flavor offered by Mrs. Wages. There are hot versions, sweet versions, garlic versions. Again, we chose Dill. Dill is the flavor found in fast food hamburger pickles.
A jar of glass is used to contain various versions of our pickles. We have deliberately pickled cucumbers whole, sliced, pinked. You name it, we have tried it. Our favorite version, this year 2021, is to pink the cucumbers, load them into the jar. Add some thinly sliced sweet onion, sprigs of cilantro and a small bit of alum.
We added a 1/4 teaspoon of alum to each jar to see if the crispiness of the finished pickle changes to crispier. Nothing more disappointing than a soft, mushy pickle.
For the Brine:
- 1 package mrs. wages dill pickle mix
- 7 1/2 cups water
- 3 1'3 cups vinegar
- 1 teaspoon onion, thinly sliced
- 1 sprig cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon alum
Mix the Mrs. Wages
Fill Water Bath Canner with Water
Preparing to Fill Jars
Preparing to Fill Jars with Brine
One by One Clean off Drips from Edge - Add Proper Size Lid and Ring - Tighten Gently
Finishing Up - Cleaning Up or Repeat - Depends on How Many Jars You Have
Let Steam Go Out the Window from Hot Water
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on July 15, 2021:
Dora Weithers, thank you for your comment!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 14, 2021:
Thank you for sharing! Quite useful and helpful to satisfy the craving of both children and adults.