I made my first batch of pickles today. Usually only pickling cukes for two kinds of pickles come out of my garden, into the kitchen and onto the pantry shelves. Bread and butter pickles and dill pickles.
For the dill pickles, I like to harvest the cucumbers when they are on the smallish side, because I think they stay crisper that way. Bigger than gherkin size but not much more than 3" in length. For my bread and butter pickles though, I prefer larger slices . . . which come from larger cucumbers. I'm picky that way. (Hmmm, the picky pickler.)
Because I've got about a dozen quarts of dill pickles still in the pantry from last canning season (yeah, I got a little carried away), but no bread and butter pickles, getting my yearly quota of them put by first and foremost is high on my list.
So the first harvest of the pickling cucumbers was put off for a short time until the cukes reached the size I wanted. When I checked the vines this morning, I decided I there were enough "big" cukes to make a batch of bread and butter pickles.
Beginning the process on my kitchen table earlier today.
And, ta-dah! Magically (ha!), the first batch of 8 pints is out of the canner and cooling.
Another batch tomorrow? I'll have to wait and see what the cucumber patch has ready for me.