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easy homemade pickles

Hello! The latest homestead adventure—tasty pickles!

First let me introduce a little {slow food} inspiration, From The Garden And Farm. A blog series from local food delight-ees, Kara of Inspired Kara and Erin of Third Row Seat. They are growing & cooking up an abundance of delicious fresh food and have a great board of inspiration.

When you have an abundance of vegetation from the garden, you've gotta get creative. With an abundance of cucumbers (from a friends' garden), it was time to attempt pickles!

This was as easy as making any salad. You only need a large, clean jar and a few ingredients.

::: homemade pickles :::

3-4 cucumbers (sliced or whole)
1/4 sliced onion
1 garlic clove (slice or mash a bit)
handful of fresh dill
pinch of cracked pepper
1 tbsp sea salt
3 tsp honey
1 cup vinegar (any other than balsamic)
1 cup water

Place garlic, dill, and pepper in bottom of jar. Add the onion and as many cucumbers that will fit. (I added a pinch of dried dill because my herb garden dill is looking really sad after our heat wave). In a separate container mix salt, honey, vinegar, and water until dissolved. I heated this part to help dissolve the salt, but simply stirring works fine too. Pour into jar, topping with additional water if needed to cover cucumbers. Leave overnight and they are ready to eat! This recipe is really versatile and I think you can adapt to any ingredients you have on hand.

*Recipe adapted from this one featured on Rodale

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mmmm...you have such a way of making not so pretty things look really great ...like pickles ;) Brett was so impressed that JoEllen could grow her own pickles (had to explain that it's not the pickles themselves that grow but what you do to the cucs to make them pickels haha). Thanks for sharing and would love to try them ;)

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