The White House

The White House

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pickles and Relish

Obviously cucumbers were not being picked while I was gone and something needed to be done. I’ve already realized that I’ve grown too many slicing cucumbers and not enough pickling cucumbers, but I didn’t know the difference at the time. I decided to just pickle them all rather than waste them. I read that they’ll be a bit mushy, but my husband is pretty cool about not being picky.

Olivia really gets into the whole gardening thing and has been by my side helping every step of the way.


The large cuke was two pounds!


We had a few picking cucumbers that were made into Bread and Butter Pickles. The others we made into dill pickles.


We finished with eight 3/4 pints of the Bread and Butter and six pints of dill. We also blanched and packaged the Swiss Chard leaves for pizza topping later this winter.


Olivia loved cutting up the vegetables.



We finished with ten 1/2 pints of Rainbow Swiss Chard Relish.


Today we are going to cut up the big cucumbers for more Bread and Butter chunks. Hopefully they won’t be too soft. We are itching to get out and pick Highbush Cranberries, but the rain won’t stop. Maybe tomorrow?

Time to jump in the shower and head out to a meeting regarding the future of my son’s education. Oh, how I’d just love to spend a whole day at home.


Mama Bean said...

would you mind sharing the relish recipe? mama_bean at live dot com

i am awash in chard, and have no idea what to do with it.

Lori Skoog said...

You were so productive today! Everything looks great. We have used our regular cucumbers for pickles before and they were fine. Olivia is some helper...she sure is growing up.

Humble wife said...

I am so glad I have found your blog...How amazing...and what a great helper!

RottenMom said...

You win. No really you win.

I don't know how there are enough hours in the day for everything you do. I am constantly amazed by what you accomplish in a days time.

I made strawberry jelly the other week and thought I was the bomb, but you, you put away a pantry worth of items in an afternoon.

So I quit.
I quit trying to be the perfect wife and mom, because you me beat by a looooooooooooooooong country mile.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Olivia is adorable! I've never had chard. What does it taste like? I have to get going on my hot pepper jelly and peach/mango jelly soon. Maybe we should arrange an exchange!

anymommy said...

Just catching up after BlogHer. As usual, you are amazing. I've had Elijah and you in my thoughts every single day. xoxo.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

what a cute helper you have.