Appalachia Appalachian Food Preserving/Canning

Day 7 of 14 Day Pickles – the 2nd Step

2nd step of making 14 day pickles

Time for the next step in making 14 Day Pickles. After letting your cucumbers sit in the brine for a week-there will be a little mold on top of the water-you can see what mine looks like in the photo above.

First, skim off the mold. I use a slotted spoon to scoop it out. After removing the mold-take out the jar/weight and plate and rinse them off.

Next you need to pour out the brine-I pour mine into the sink-using a colander to catch the cucumbers. No need to wash the crock out-if you see any pieces of mold you can wipe or rinse it out. Place cucumbers back into the crock.

Bring one gallon of water to a boil and pour over cucumbers.

Weight down the cucumbers in the crock

Place your plate and mason jar/weight back on the cucumbers to submerge them under the water. Cover and let sit overnight.

Tomorrow-we get to slice the cucumbers and add some ingredients.


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    August 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Good luck with the pickling. I’m
    sure they’ll be good.
    I heard The Pressley Girls singing
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    August 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I have to start over, as soon as I find more cukes. Last week I bought a half-batch-worth (18 cucumbers) from a local farmstand. They didn’t seem quite as firm and fresh-picked as I would like, but they were all I could find. Carried them home in a canvas bag, then realized I didn’t have non-iodized salt. So I did a whole grocery/errands run and then got tied up in regular chores and the pickles were forgotten. Next morning I thought “Whoa! Make the pickles!” Looked in the canvas bag and…every single cucumber was dusty with mold. OH it makes me so MAD when I waste food! Couldn’t even feed these things to the hens.
    I’m going to ask a friend if she grew cukes this year, and trade her some fresh eggs. 🙂

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    August 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

    So far, so good. We can’t wait to taste these pickles!

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    August 11, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Mark-I’ve never seen bread n butter pickles made that way but I guess they could be : ) Here’s my favorite recipe for bread n butter pickles:
    Thank you for the comment-have a great day!!
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    Culture of Appalachia

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    August 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

    You are making my mouth water. I love a good pickle.

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    Mark Mojado
    August 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Can you make bread and butter pickles ths way?

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    August 11, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I love your 14-day pickles! How many times (every year for a long time, ever since I first was given the recipe) did I make 14 day pickles when I lived in the mountains! But now, alas, I don’t make them any more. Sometimes I get a wonderful gift of a jar from some of my kin in the mountains who still make this wonderful recipe from summer’s bounty. I’ve never found anything like these on grocery shelves–unless it is in a “tourist attraction” shop in the mountains that sells locally-grown and local-made items. Best wishes as you proceed with your pickles! Yum, yum for winter eating!

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    Miss Cindy
    August 11, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Tipper, I know these pickles are a lot of time to make but they are soooo worth it. They are irreplaceable in some recipes and they wonderful gifts!

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    August 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I had to laugh at myself!! I threw out a batch of pickles years ago that I was making because they got mold on top of the water!! Live and learn I guess!!

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