Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Got Cucumbers?

Our garden is producing cucumbers faster than I can keep up.  Here are a few ways we have put them to use.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced 
(I used the larger ones and quartered them, removed the seeds, and sliced)
2 tomato's, diced
1/2 c. - 1c. Zesty Italian Dressing
seasonings (be creative, I used a German-Italian seasoning that was given to me from the Berger's.  Fresh dill would taste refreshing...)

Cucumber Onion Salad

3 Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 c. white sugar
2 c. water
3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
*Place sliced veggies in a bowl.  Stir liquid and sugar in separate bowl.  Pour liquid mixture over veggies and marinate in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Cucumber Ice Water

Sliced cucumber

Dill Pickles

In each quart jar place:
1/4 med. onion
2-4 garlic cloves (depending on size and how much you like garlic)
2 heads of dill or 1/4 t. dill seed
1-2 jalapenos, if you want spicy pickles - optional
1/4 t. pickle crisp granules or alum

In a large stockpot bring to boil:
9 c. water
3 c. white vinegar
3/4 c. canning salt
1/2 c. sugar (or a little less)

You can do spears, circles, or smaller whole cumbers.  Pack cucumbers into jars with onions, garlic, dill and granules.  Pour boiling brine into jars.  Get any bubbles our and make sure brine covers the cucumbers.  Wipe rims.  Attach lids and rings.  Place on a sturdy pan in the oven.  Bake at 350 F for 12-15 min. until cucumbers turn color to an olive green and you see bubbles in the jars.  Pull them out and lay them on the counter.  They take a little bit to seal.  Once sealed, store them and let them sit for 6 weeks to 'pickle'. 

Cucumber slices

Our children's favorite way to eat cucumbers is to slice them and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  :)


heartland farmhouse said...

I LOVE cucumber onion salad!!!
Never heard of Cucumber Ice Water? Hmmm???
May have to give it a try!

Thanks for sharing!


Amanda said...

Thanks for these...I have been overflowing with cucumbers around here too!