Monday, July 6, 2020

Cucumbers! Cucumbers! Cucumbers!

I have more cucumbers then I know what to do with, I'm being overrun with them!  (Note to self, don't plant so many cucumbers next year!)  

We're harvesting daily and getting several every time we harvest!  

We're growing them in the top of two of our grow barrels and in our raised bed.

(Notice how the cucumbers cascade down the sides of the grow barrels, this makes harvesting so easy!  The white pipe is part of our watering system.)

Today I made kosher pickles using Mrs. Wages kosher pickle mix.  I also made sweet pickle relish.  I plan to make one more batch of sweet pickle relish tomorrow and then I'll have all I need for a year.   I also plan to make more kosher pickles.




Help me out, what would you do with lots and lots of cucumbers?

I also cooked down a pot of tomatoes, let them cool and set them in the refrigerator.  I was too tired to process them tonight, so that'll be added to tomorrows to-do list.

A dear friend and neighbor in the community asked my hubby to asked me if I would make him a jar of pepper vinegar.  This man is near and dear to our hearts and if he asks for something I can do, I will be found trying to do it.  So, when hubby passed along the request to me I set to work.  I was at a stopping point in my cucumber processing so I made a quick trip outside and harvested enough cayenne pepper for the project.  I washed the peppers, cut them up, added them to a jar and covered them with apple cider vinegar.  It was that simple!  Later in the evening my hubby took the pepper vinegar to our neighbor/friend.  I was delighted to be able to do this for him.  He is always so appreciative!
Our high temperature today was 88 degrees with lots of humidity!  We have rain moving in for the next 5 days so it looks like we're in for another rainy spell.  It also looks like I'll be harvesting in between showers/storms and processing/preserving while it's raining!  We'll work with the weather, we're just so thankful we have something to harvest and put up!

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14 comments:

  1. Was that you I saw sneaking up to front doors and leaving bags of cukes?

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    1. Bahahaha ... shhhhh! I'm not telling a thing!

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    2. Hmmmmm.......quite possibly guilty as charged!

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  2. Patsy, my husband requested mustard pickles this year. Not sure if I can make them, but if I get the chance, I plan on trying. My cucumber plants have stalled in their growth, and a couple plants died. Also, have you ever made homemade tzatziki sauce? It calls for cucumbers. Tzatziki can be used as a dip, or pairs nicely with chicken souvlaki...what we had for dinner tonight. YUM!

    We're currently praying for rain in our area. We're breaking records on the length of the heat wave we're currently experiencing. Everything desperately needs a good soaking, including our well!

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    1. Rhonda, I wish I could send some of our rain your way, it's been a very rainy summer so far for us.

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  3. Wow, what a blessing to have so much harvest you have a bounty to share with others.
    I had a Random curcubit plant pop up. Your photos helped me to confirm it was a cucumber.

    I have not tried it myself but could you make cucumber powder to mix into yoghurt or something to make dip/salad dressing

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    1. DiinAus, cucumber powder is an option, thanks for the idea! I hope you are doing well.

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    2. Please let us know if you try and if it works.
      I'm doing well. Our new DD is just beautiful. I'm soaking up every moment I can, she is growing so fast.

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  4. Pickle cucumbers are just starting to come to market here. In addition to sweet relish and spears, I've added hamburger dills and bread and butter pickles. If I can find some cucumber midgets, I want to can those as well. But, so far, I've never found a produce supplier for the little pickles. I think any that are grown are under contract for commercial purchases.
    -- Lori K

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    1. Lori, the little midgets are hard to come by, good luck in finding them.

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  5. That is so kind of you to make the pepper vinegar. I'm sure that made his day.
    Your pickles and relish looks so good. I like freezer pickles too, and they are easier than canning, but I can't think of anything else other than lots of fresh salads.

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    1. Kathy, freezer pickles are a good idea for sure!

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  6. In some countries they COOK cucumbers but all I can suggest is a BIG tea party with lots of cucumber sandwiches, lol.

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    1. terricheny, LOL, it would have to be a very BIG tea party!

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