Last week I asked Rick how the cucumbers were doing and he said there were lots of blossoms but no cukes. Hmmm, I decided I’d better check it out myself last Sunday. Does this look like no cukes to you?
The cukes are now huge! Too big for bread and butter pickles so I had to make hot dog relish which meant grinding everything. Come to think of it that was not a bad idea since I have that new powerful grinder for the dog food. Off to the store. My recipe comes from my mom’s oldest sister and it calls for two hot red peppers.
On the package of hot peppers in tiny print it says to handle with gloves. I didn’t read that until too late. My fingers and hands are burning up! I can’t imagine if it had been in my mouth. I threw the stems and the rest in the trash. I didn’t want the chickens to even have them. I have made this relish years ago but don’t remember it being hot. Here it is ready to cook.
On to the smaller cukes and the bread and butter pickles, my favorites. My garden onions were the perfect size for slicing in these pickles – about quarter to fifty cent size. When Grandma made these, I was always thrilled to find a complete onion slice! So I did the same thing. Here they are all sliced and soaking.
So I ended up with 10 pints of hot dog relish and 7 pints of bread and butter pickles. I’m working on my Christmas list. I haven’t canned in years and it’s actually kinda fun. I love canning peach sauce but finding nice fresh peaches is hard so I haven’t done it for years. We always freeze corn – Rick does most of it. All I do is cook it in the oven and package it,
Many comments about the collie in the picture yet I never see a collie these days. Could it be because Lassie isn’t on TV any more? Is that why so many of us had collies in the 50’s and 60’s? I’ll be it is! I think the picture is just simply wonderful!