Pickles! : By a Person Who Won't Eat Them
So Angelo and I haven't gone to the grocery store in a month. Why, you may ask? Well, it's because we are part of not one but two food CSAs and our need to head to the grocery store has pretty much vanished. It's so great.
I totally want to rave about our CSAs and probably will at a later date but right now I have another idea in mind.
While we were cleaning out our fridge to make room for our newest batch of fresh veggies, I noticed that we had about eight cucumbers sitting in a bowl, and they were starting to get a little sad. I love cucumbers – I will put them in my water, I will eat them in a salad, I will eat them alone, but even I know that eating eight cucumbers in one week is a stretch.
In a sudden burst of post-cleaning energy, I whipped out a knife and started chopping the cucumbers into thin slices. It took Angelo a while to notice what I was doing – but he quickly gained interest when I asked him where the white vinegar was.
"You're making pickles?"
You bet your sweet Greek butt I'm making pickles, I wanted to say. I didn't though. I think I said, "maaaaybe." At that point I wasn't sure I had all the ingredients, so I didn't want to get his hopes up.
Making pickles is actually really easy, especially if you have a few mason jars laying around. I was able to make these guys in less than ten minutes using whatever we had in our pantry.
6 small to medium sized cucumbers
¾ cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp minced garlic
Way too much dill
I sliced up the cucumbers into thin circles and filled up two mason jars with them. Next, I topped them with red pepper flakes and garlic. I added a bit more red pepper flakes than I quoted above, because Angelo likes spicy things. I added a few springs of Dill – then Angelo came in and added a few more sprigs of Dill because he is obsessed with Dill and they are his pickles so – whatever.
Next, I added the white vinegar and filled up the remainder of the jars with water.
After that the fun part – Angelo shook the jars so that everything got mixed together and we put them in the fridge. Simple! Easy! Free!
The flavor of the pickles increase over time, so you can let yours marinade for a few days before snacking on them. If you want them to pickle faster, you can always add more white vinegar and less water. Or if you're partial to crunchier pickles, grab them after a day or so. Either way – it's a super simple way to save your dying cucumbers if you've got them.