Monday, June 25, 2012
Kosher Dill Pickle Spears
So far this year I have decided I LOVED the Mrs. Wages pickle mix I made a while back. Seriously, these things were awesome. I nearly ate all of them all by myself once we cracked open the first jar back in January. I liked them so much I bought several packets of the mix this year a ton of cucumber seed and plants. So far, none of those have produced this year. So I did the next best thing, I bought a bag of cucumbers at a swap so I could get my fix while waiting on the second planting to decide to do its thing.
Normally I use National Pickling or Burpee Pickle Bush as my cucumber of choice and pick them very early so the seeds are at a minimum but beggars can't be choosers and these were made with Straight Eights. To avoid the seed issue, since I'm just weird that way and don't like picking seeds out of my dental work, I scooped the seeds out of these, sliced into slivers and packed them. Just like last time I added a little extra, this time it was a clove of minced fresh garlic, 1/2 tsp dill and 1/2 tsp dried onion to each pint to help the flavor along.
I also have decided to keep this ready mixed so that any time I can get a jar full I can pour the mix over and can immediately instead of waiting. I'm storing the mix in a vinegar bottle that was emptied a few weeks ago, in the fridge as well to make sure no nasties move in and ruin my mix! I'm doing the same with a hamburger dill mix and a green tomato pickle mix. Makes life easier and quicker this time of year.
This batch was 7 pints, no I counted right, there's a 7th pint in my fridge because I just couldn't wait any longer. I needed a pickle fix.