Sunday, July 6, 2014

Garlic and Pickles

One of my favorite times of year. The garlic is in and ready! We plant our garlic here in November and usually harvest it around the 4th of July.  We dry it for a while in the greenhouse and then do any additional drying on the back porch.  Once it's been properly dried it's ready to go.

Last year I started growing artichoke garlic and we had such good luck with it that I went that route again.  We order our garlic from Filaree Garlic Farm and have had good success with their product.

Garlic is easy to grow so if you use a lot of it then it's worth growing your own.

Also picked a lot of cucumbers today so we made more refrigerator pickles.  Our recipe is pretty basic.  Slice the cucumbers, salt them and let them chill (to get rid of some of the water in them), and then rinse and pack them in jars with some sweet onions.  We then cook up some vinegar, sugar, turmeric, mustard seed, celery seed, and garlic.  Pour this over the cucumbers so they are submerged, put on the lids, let cool, and then put in the fridge.  They taste great!

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