Did you buy an extra cucumber this week - get extra in your CSA bag- or have a surplus in your garden? Here is an easy recipe for refrigerator pickles with no canning involved - and ready in two days.
I large cucumber - or two smallish
3/4 cups white vinegar(Rice wine vinegar works great too)
3 tablespoons sugar(can use agave syrup or stevia)
1 tsp spice of your choice - garlic, fresh dill, horseradish, celery seeds, red pepper, jalapeno, etc. Mix and match as you please.
Instructions - Mix together vinegar, sugar, salt/pepper and cook until sugar dissolves - won't take long - use stove or microwave. Add spice(s). Set aside.
Slice the cucumber(s) very thin(or use food processor). Put slices in a ball jar or covered vessel of choice. Pour the liquid over the top - put lid on tightly and shake. No need to cover all the cucumbers - as it sits the liquid from the cucumbers will expel and it will be covered with the liquid. Store in fridge. Shake/swish every so often the next two days - and that's it . They are ready to eat in just two days but will last in fridge for a month!
Post from a few years ago. . .same holds true now but I cut out more carbs and add more eggs. . . I use whatever vegetable I have that is not on the list of foods to avoid.
Check out this new episode of "Finding Kindness" that features my Cosmic Doodles deck. It is in the second part where she has her friends cut her hair! Dang it - those cards always know the right message to tell a person. . .https://youtu.be/o-FFFYQnXhA
Wait for warmer weather – beans hate the cold . . .about a month after the last spring frost or around Memorial Day in Western NY. First of all – you plant the seed - Plant beans in rows (against a fence structure if they are pole beans – they need to climb), with 4-6 inches between each seed. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately and regularly, until it sprouts. Keep them watered and help pole beans wrap around the fence at first (Just be gentle and guide with your fingers so they grow around the fence – no need to tie with anything) Once they get big enough to pick – keep picking them and they will keep producing. Don’t wait for them to get too large or they will be tough. If you miss a few and they get too big – keep them on the vine until they yellow – then pick and dry for seed saving. Last year my whole raised bed of green beans was not thriving and turning yellow – so I added a sprinkle of Epsom salts over the plants(then watered to sink in) It worked and in a week they were greener and much stronger.
Green beans are super easy to freeze. In fact I like the taste much better than canning. Just wash and cut(or snap) the ends off. Blanch – by boiling/steaming in hot water for 3-4 minutes until a brighter green – than place in ice cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and stick in freezer bags. I put enough in one bag for a meal. We eat delicious and fresh tasting beans all winter!