Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
This hot weather generates enough to do about 12 jars every 3 days. Needless to say I am busy. One of the best things I have discovered is Mrs. Wages Pickle Brine Mix. Once again Fleet Farm saves the day and carries a number of these convenient brine mixes in Polish Dill, Kosher Dill, and Bread and Butter flavors. Besides tasting excellent, the pickles are ready in little as 24 hours after processing. Although I have dill, the classic flavor is in the mix. Adding some chopped garlic, mustard seeds, and peppercorns to each jar, it gives it my distinct signature. Using the Refrigerator Bread and Butter mix, the batch made last week is excellent. The unfortunate part of all this is in a normal year with the heat, moisture, and deer, the cucumber plants would be done by now. Up on the fence the plants get plenty of air and look to yield for at least another 2 - 3 weeks. I hope some of you like dill pickles! Having to replant my sweet corn this spring and it is also finally ready to process. Using my chamber vacuum packer to seal them in bag for freezing, this works very well for preserving. If the deer continue to leave my peppers and tomatoes alone, salsa is next on the project list.
Hopefully I will have and August full moon report next week.