Thursday, July 7, 2016

Garden Bounty...

Last year's cucumber plants died.  All of them...and before I got to make any pickles!

So this year, being almost completely out of pickles on my canning shelves, I planted four cucumber plants.  Here is today's bounty...

Last week I made a batch of Bread and Butter pickles, and today I made a canner full (seven jars) of Banana Pickles.  These are a favorite of ours.  I first tasted them at a birthday party for my friend Sue several years ago. Her Mom served them, and I soon asked for the recipe.  They're super easy to make, and are a good way to use up any over grown cucumbers that you may have!

First you peel them and scoop out the seeds.  I just use a spoon...

Then you slice them lengthwise...

Next, you fill the jars, packing them as tightly as possible, and fill them with syrup, leaving 1/2" - 1" head space...

Boil them in a hot water bath for ten minutes, and you have delicious pickles!  (recipe for syrup is below)

Last but not least, you feed the peels and seeds to the chickens, and they go crazy...

Here's the syrup...

To fill three quarts...mix together 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 3 cups sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp celery seed, 1 tsp mustard seed and 1 tsp turmeric.  Bring to a boil and pour over cucumbers in jars.



  1. oh, yum! i love the happy hens, too!

  2. I love seeing your hens enjoying the scraps! Your cucumber plants are sure making up for last year! -Jenn

  3. I have never heard of that pickle recipe. I had one jar left. All of my pickles will be gone soon. Your cucumbers are lovely. My chickens do love the seeds in cantaloupe too.
    I bet they were very happy too.

  4. Sounds yummy! Usually when all my squash plants die like that it is due to vine borers. This year I am spraying the stalks with neem oil in hopes of keeping them away.


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