Today is the big day-the beginning of 14 days that will end in pickle happiness. I hope all who pickle along-are pleased with the results-and hopefully the rest of you can see how the process goes-and use it for future reference.
14 Day Pickles
Step One: Wash 3 dozen small cucumbers. Place whole cucumbers-do not peel or slice-into a clean crock.
Step Two: Dissolve (stir to dissolve) 1 pint of salt (not iodized) in one gallon of cold water-pour over cucumbers.
Step three: Place plate upside down on top of cucumbers to keep them submerged under the salt water. You can place a quart jar full of water on top of the plate to hold it in place. Cover the crock with a towel and let set one week. WARNING-mold may develop on top and around the plate-this is totally NORMAL-no need to worry about it until the next step.
The next step will take place on Tuesday August 18th-it’s fairly quick and easy. The step involves pouring out the brine and soaking the cucumbers in fresh water over night.
As I mentioned before, I had never tasted 14 Day Pickles until I met The Deer Hunter. His mother, Miss Cindy, introduced me to them. Her recipe has been handed down through her family. We are the 4th generation making 14 day pickles from the same recipe. Miss Cindy saved her Grandmother’s handwritten recipe-it’s old, torn, and stained-thankfully she had the foresight to laminate it for future generations. I’m very proud to say-the recipe resides in my kitchen now.