My grandmother was always canning! Her basement shelves were full of veggies from her garden and sauces she canned. I remember her doing this, but in all the years of memories not one of them are of me helping her.
Looking back now I wish that I had gotten to help my Grammy. Grammy is now 93 years old and doing great,(she lives by herself and still drives!) but gardening and canning are not something she gets to do anymore. She does still cook on some occasions! And when she cooks everyone shows up for dinner! I like helping her in the kitchen. Sometimes she can be a kitchen control freak, but she is 93 so I listen.
A few years back Grammy wrote out all of our family's favorite recipes and made copies for everyone. Each cookbook came with a personal letter in the front and these cute little smidgen,pinch,dash spoons.( I love Grammy's handwriting. So neat and perfect. They don't teach cursive like that anymore in school!)I plan on keeping the cookbook going and adding my own recipes so that I can hand it down to my daughter someday.
This past summer I thought that I would can some fresh veggies from my local farmer's market. The only problem was I didn't have any canning supplies and I had no idea what I was doing. So I go to Grammy's cookbook and there was nothing in there about canning veggies. I called Grammy for some advice and I shopped around for canning supplies. After realizing that canning supplies can be costly and that canning was a lot more involved I settled for this freezer pickle recipe that was in Grammy's cookbook.
I am so happy with how my freezer pickles turned out. They taste exactly how Grammy makes them. Just the right amount of sweetness and acidity. They were simple too. Canning seemed kinda intimidating, but not this recipe. These freezer pickles are the perfect palate cleanser. They are so refreshing. I can't wait to give a jar to a friend as a small thank you or as a welcome to the neighborhood gift.
Yay for these pickles and yay for my 3rd Motivate ME Monday! Spring will be here soon which mean delicious fresh veggies. This summer I am definitely going to have to splurge a little on canning supplies and take my Grammy's advice!
What about you? Are you going to be canning this summer? What is your favorite thing to can?
3 large Cucumbers thinly sliced
2 medium Onions thinly sliced
1 Green pepper diced
2 cups sugar
1 cups White vinegar
1 tbsp Salt
1 teaspoon Celery salt
*This was not in Grammy's recipe, but I added 1 teaspoon of Red pepper flake to a second batch and it added a nice amount of spice.*
1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, salt and celery salt in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Allow to cool.
2 .Pour the vinegar liquid over the cucumber, onions and pepper. Seal in bowl or tubberwear container. Place in the fridge for 24 hours.
3. Pour an equal amount into 6 small mason jars. Seal and place in the freezer. Allow to freeze.
4. When you are ready to eat, allow to thaw in the fridge!
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