I really can’t believe I am still dwelling on Labor Day weekend! But as you’ve seen, we had a really busy and fun weekend so when Monday (Labor Day) was here, I didn’t just want to sit around the house and wait for Tuesday to go back to work.
For about every Labor Day of my life, I have spent this weekend at the lake. So since I was home, I wanted to make good use of the time.
I looked at my kitchen counter on Sunday afternoon, and I knew what I should do!
Ever since I was young, my mom would make sweet pickles and can them, using small cucumbers from the garden. Well this year, our cucumber plants went WILD! We had so many, I took some to work to give away, and we ate sliced cucumbers, cucumbers with veggie dip, cucumber sandwiches, cucumbers in salads…. And we STILL had a pile of cucumbers!
So I looked up the recipe my mom always used for “Bread and Butter” pickles in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I had several pint-sized Mason jars and just needed some new lids and a some of the spices called for, in the recipe. I had never actually canned using a “water bath” before so I figured Monday would be a good day to give this a try!
I sliced the cucumbers really thin using a vegetable slicer. And I started doing the same with the onions but quickly decided to just chop those. I put all of that in a big bowl with garlic, pickling salt, and lots of ice and let it sit for 3 hours according to the recipe.
Meanwhile I ran the Mason jars through the dishwasher so they would be clean and hot.
When the 3 hours was up, I drained the cucumbers in my colander and squeezed out as much water as I could. Then I combined the sugar, vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, and turmeric in a large pan, and added my cucumbers. I let it come to a boil and took it off the stove.
I filled my jars and put the lids on, then put them in kettle to process according to the directions. I was thrilled to find that they all sealed!
I was so excited to be able to make these pickles! They are so much better than pickle relish that you buy, and I always wanted to try to make them! Another great thing about it was that I used lots of the cucumber from our garden, so they aren’t going to waste!