In marriage you learn to do many things. But the one thing I think you learn the most is how to compromise.
I love cucumbers and am so glad to have a successful crop this year. Making my grandmother’s cucumber salad is one of my favorite ways to eat them, but really I love just slicing them up and eating them plain Jane too.
But my husband can’t stand them. You know that fancy cucumber water craze? Ya, grosses him out every time. So when I decided I was going to grow cucumbers, lets just say he wasn’t jumping for joy.
But then I promised him I would pickle some of the harvest. And he was sold. You see his love of pickles is equivalent to my love of cucumbers. But you might also say that his lack of interest in cucumbers is equivalent to my distaste for pickles.
Pickles are my compromise.
When I harvested my first few cucumbers, I decided to get work right away and make the first batch into pickles. Because I love my husband. And I love a good challenge…I wanted to see if I could make a pickle that I actually liked.
Refrigerator pickles are the fastest and easiest way to make pickles. And it’s perfect for a small batch. It also gives you some room for experimentation because it’s so simple that you can try something different the next time.
My husband requested dill pickles and I was more than happy to give it a go. I love dill and just happen to have several dill plants growing on my back porch. I also spiced it up a little bit with some garlic cloves.
The final result: pretty tasty! (Even for this pickle avoider…) My pickle-loving husband loved them. I might even need to make another batch before this season is over just to keep up with how quickly the pickles are disappearing from the jar.
I modified a dill pickle recipe I found in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving to make these pickles. I highly recommend purchasing this book because besides a ton of great recipes, it also provides pretty much anything you might need to know about home preserving. Seriously, make these pickles then buy this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Hope you enjoy these small batch refrigerator pickles!
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