It’s hard to say if growing or preserving cucumbers is easier. In this post, I share Pickling made easy with Dad’s classic recipe and let you decide.
Dad’s Classic Pickle Recipe
You’ll want to print this recipe to add to your cookbook. Be sure to laminate it so you don’t get pickling juice all over it.
A Few Important Things To Remember About Pickling
I have been using the recipe above as long as I have been canning… I think I was 7 when I first packed a jar with my Dad. Remember to follow the directions on your canning jar labels for proper handling or check out the links below.
- Ball Canning Bath
- National Food Preservation Center: http://nchfp.uga.edu/
It all started in my greenhouse with a few little seeds that I received from the Toledo Growers Seed Swap. This year I have saved my own seeds from the harvest to continue growing next year.
In the photo above are the four plants I have growing on homemade trellis’ in the veggie garden. My veggie garden is pretty ‘darn’ big but the cucumbers take up a space measuring 4’x4′. You don’t need fancy store-bought trellis’ for your cucumbers to stay compact. We use 3 pieces of leftover wood stakes, drilled a hole at the top with a ‘twist tie’ to hold the T-P together. I use garden twin tying the strong up and gently placing the cucumber vine as it grows. I have been using these for five years now.
The photo above shows my two pickling cucumber plants that are over in my Greenhouse Landscape project featured in the raised beds. There are a lot of fun annuals and herbs growing in this box as well. The funny thing is, I have harvested more cucumbers from this location then the four in the veggie garden.
I hope I have encouraged you to try canning up some of your own pickles or ones you find at your local farmers market.