Greengirls Helen Yarmoska, Nicole Hvidsten, Martha Buns, Connie Nelson, Kim Palmer and Mary Jane Smetanka are dishin' the dirt from the back-yard garden and beyond. Whether you're a greenthumb or greenhorn, they're eager to learn from your mishaps, mistakes - and most importantly, your sweet successes - all growing season long.

Garden abundance.

Posted by: Helen Yarmoska under Preserving, Vegetables Updated: August 21, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Last year, my pickles were a failure!  Two things went wrong.  One, I didn’t use fresh dill.  I used dried dill weed that had

been sitting in my cupboard for a few years.  Second, I tried brining the cucumbers.  They were flavorless chewy blobs.

 

But, just like any garden, a new year springs optimism.  Check out these pickles. 

Fresh dill, fresh pickles (no brining), and a ton of garlic in each jar.  I can’t wait.  Maybe the cukes were a little big, but my hubby did a great job of cutting them down to size.  I had extra beans so I tried pickling a few of those as well.  Purple beans give the brine a color I didn't like, but I can look through that if they taste good.

Besides cucumbers coming out of my ears, I found a couple of zucchini

logs hiding.   I found a recipe for Zucchini Salsa and am trying that out.  First taste was a little sweet (the recipe called for a cup of brown sugar). But I’m sure after a 15 minute water bath the cumin and peppers will mellow that out.

 

What are your plans for garden abundance?

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