Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles


The last two weeks pickles have been showing up at the farmers market so I decided to make a batch.  I enjoyed Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles seemed perfect since we just ran out of them.

Canning/preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

I love anything pickled....but I shouldn't be eating them since I am allergic to yeast!  That means yeast bread, vinegar, soy, mustard, olives, etc!  Ugh, I can't help myself and try to limit, but when it comes to pickles...no way!

I've combined several different recipes to come up with my own version.

It is a beautiful day and I took some photos out on our newly updated front porch...

Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The pickles are very easy to pull together and a batch can will keep for four months.

The hardest part is waiting 7 days to eat them.

They are crunchy, garlicky and oh so good!

Claussen Refrigerator Pickle
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INGREDIENTS:

4 cups water ( I use distilled/purified water)
1 cup vinegar
3 Tbsp. kosher salt ( use only kosher salt)
2 lbs small pickles, thoroughly scrubbed since we eat the pickles with skin on
1/2 to 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill (I love dill so I added 3/4)
8 large fresh garlic cloves
1 whole chili de arbol pepper (unseeded) or chili pepper to your liking
1/2 tsp. pinch dill seed
1/2 tsp. pinch dill weed
1 pinch turmeric
1/4 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 to 1 whole carrot
8 whole black peppercorns

DIRECTIONS:

1) Clean the glass jar and lid thoroughly in your dishwasher or with hot soapy water.
2) Combine the water, salt and vinegar in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
3) Pack the cucumbers and the remaining ingredients in a 2-quart (2 litre) glass jar, and pour brine (water/vinegar mixture) over them, covering the cucumbers completely.
4) Store, covered in the the refrigerator.

The pickles will be ready in 7 days, but the longer you leave them in the refrigerator the better they will be and will keep refrigerated for months (but they won't last that long).

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Master Gardening Series: Nasty Aphids


I feel like I owe so many of you an apology....I've gotten so busy with too many projects...and time in my garden that I've let this series slide.

This Master Gardening Series: Nasty Aphids.

It was very hot here for two days in a row and I wandered outside to water some containers.

One of the containers is right in front of some of my Helianthus (perennial sunflower).

Did Ya Know....
Perennial sunflower is a crop of sunflowers that are developed by crossing wild perennial and domestic annual sunflower species.

Back to where I was...as I was watering the container when I noticed something odd  on the Helianthus.

Red Aphids

What is that....so I looked closer...

Red Aphids

oh my....I looked even closer...

Red Aphids

Eeeeekkkkeee!

There were hundreds of them, on all sides, everywhere.  I was surprised to see them, but really surprise since sunflowers are such a tough plant.

What are Aphids?

Aphids can be green or red and are know as plant lice.

Aphids reproduce like there's no tomorrow. Female aphids can reproduce without mating, giving birth continuously to live nymphs. Nymphs mature in 1 to 2 weeks and start producing offspring themselves.  As fall approaches both males and females are born. They mate, and then females lay eggs on stems or in bark crevices. The eggs overwinter and hatch the following spring.

Why are the  Aphids There?

The aphids (or any "pest" insect) attacks the plant because the plant is in stress for one reason or another. This is nature's way of taking out the weak (survival of the fittest). Stress to the plant cause it.  Severely infested leaves and flowers may drop. As they feed, aphids excrete a sweet, sticky honeydew onto the leaves below. This allows a sooty mold to grow, which, in addition to being ugly to look at, blocks light from leaves.

It has been raining a lot here in IL, so I'm think this is putting the sunflowers under stress, this area as also fill in so so "overcrowding" could be a culprit by lack of air movement.

How Can I Get Rid of Aphids?

You can get rid of them instantly, just get your water hose and spray them with a good strong stream of water. Their mouths are embedded in the plant so it rips their bodies right off their heads. I know gruesome, but efficient.

You can also treat with a natural All Purpose Insect Pest Spray or you can purchase one from garden center.

Savvy Southern Style


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